Some good news out of Carrington earlier today with Silva getting the green light to step up and rejoin full training.
City have already stated the Spain international would hopefully be back for the game against Bayern in the Champions League.
But Merlin has made rapid progress in the last couple of days and the physios have now told Pellegrini that he also has an outside chance of making the game against Southampton at the weekend.
We have certainly missed Silva at various stages over the last month, most notably, the defeat away to Sunderland, where his customary composure and eye for a pass could have made all the difference.
Silva was expected to travel to Germany next week, although Pellegrini might now decide it is better to wrap him up in cotton wool ahead of the Arsenal game a week on Saturday.