Manchester City have been handed a double injury boost as their star duo of David Silva and Sergio Aguero are expected to be fit in time to face Manchester United in the derby clash at the Etihad on 27 April.
Pep Guardiola saw his side suffer a defeat in extra time at the hands of Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Spain international was replaced by Raheem Sterling in the first half, while Aguero was taken off and Fabian Delph was introduced in his place in the 99th minute.
There were concerns over the two players' involvement for the upcoming Manchester derby. According to Goal.com, Silva and Aguero were part of their side's light recovery session on Monday and City remain hopeful the playmaker and the striker will be in contention to start against the Red Devils.
Silva hurt his knee after a tackle from behind by Gabriel forced him off the pitch. Aguero received a kick in the back following a tackle from Laurent Koscielny in the first half, but lasted until the extra time.
City manager Guardiola provided an update on the duo's status after his side's FA Cup defeat to Arsene Wenger's men.
"Aguero was dead from the kick. I didn't speak to the doctors. We will see tomorrow how they are," Guardiola explained, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"Silva told me he couldn't keep playing. It would have been better to have him on the pitch, but we will never know that."
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has urged his players to bounce back when Jose Mourinho's side visit City on Thursday for the derby clash.
"We have three or four days to recover [before the game with United. Today we are sad but as soon as possible we will stand up. We tried to change many things. Some days we did it but results show who you are, they could be better, could be worse," he told City's official website.
The derby clash between City and United will be of great importance for both the teams as they fight with other teams for a berth in next season's Champions League. Mourinho's men are fifth in the table with 63 points from 32 games, trailing fourth place City by a point.
A defeat for City at the hands of the 20-time English champions could see them drop to the fifth place, allowing United to make it to into the top four for the first time this calendar year. The Old Trafford outfit have a tough run of fixtures with the Europa League semi-final match against Celta Vigo in May and a league clash against Arsenal.