Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will give playmaker David Silva every chance to play in Sunday's derby clash with United .
Although Mancini has ruled Aleksandar Kolarov out of the Etihad Stadium encounter, Silva, who missed t he Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund in midweek with a hamstring injury, remains in contention.
"We will try with David," said Mancini.
Gael Clichy and James Milner are both battling to recover from ankle and hamstring problems respectively, although Mancini is wary of pushing both men into action too quickly.
"It is a big risk because afterwards we have a lot of games between now and the end of December and we need all the players to recover."
With United boasting a three-point advantage but City having a better goal difference the two sides are in exactly the same position as they were ahead of the corresponding fixture last season.
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