View from the opposition: Kevin de Bruyne’s form softens loss of David Silva for Manchester City

David Silva is struggling to shake off an ankle injury in time for Manchester City's clash with Norw

David Silva is struggling to shake off an ankle injury in time for Manchester City's clash with Norwich City. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA - Credit: PA

Manchester City fan Jim Keenan believes his team will be able to cope with the expected absence of David Silva.

How worried should Norwich fans be about today's match?

Man City are playing well at the moment – even without Sergio Aguero and David Silva. But a lot depends on how Yaya Toure plays. He's due a good performance – and some goals from open play – if I'm honest.

Is this the best squad Man City have ever had?

No, I think we're a little light up front compared to recent squads. Without Aguero we're relying on Wilfried Bony – who's very low on confidence at the moment – and a raw, yet very talented 19-year-old in Kelechi Iheanacho. The 2011/12 squad which won the title under Roberto Mancini was a little more balanced.

Do you expect to win the Premier League title this season?

We've got a good chance, with Chelsea being surprisingly poor at the moment. However, I've been very impressed with Arsenal so far this season – Francis Coquelin gives them the solidity in the middle they have lacked in recent years – and I think the Gunners will be our main threat. Manchester United (I hate to say) are also far stronger this season, but I'm not sure how long the fans and their board will put up with Louis Van Gaal's boring style of play.

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Is this the season City finally make a big impact in the Champions League?

The draw is so important. The previous two seasons we've faced Barcelona after the group stage and lost. So much in football is about confidence. If we get through the group, one good win in the knockout stage will give the team that extra belief to push on.

How different are City without Sergio Aguero?

Aguero is a world-class striker, but we're coping okay without him. Bony isn't playing that well but at least he's bagging a few goals and Iheanacho looks very promising.

How important is it that David Silva may miss the match?

Forget Aguero, Toure or Kompany, Silva is Man City's most influential player by some distance. In previous seasons we've been a shadow of the side when he's not playing, but with Kevin de Bruyne in the side the Spaniard's absence is bearable. I'm looking forward to seeing them play together though.

How can the Canaries cause City problems?

All teams will get chances against Man City. We're playing very open football at the moment and I'm not totally convinced about the defence. Manuel Pellegrini is not a manager who tries to defend a lead – his teams must try to attack at all times – so if our forwards are misfiring the opposition will always have a chance.

Will home fans be wary of any of the Norwich players?

Wes Hoolahan is a classy player and if he sees a lot of the ball it will be a tough game. I've always been impressed with Jonny Howson, and Nathan Redmond, with his pace, is always a danger.

Do you expect Norwich to be involved in the relegation battle?

I'd be surprised – there are worse teams than Norwich in the division. But so much depends on keeping your best players fit.

And finally, what is your prediction for the game?

3-1 to Man City.

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