‘I’m not simulating an injury’: Andre Silva hammers suggestions from his OWN manager that he is faking issues
- Sevilla striker Andre Silva has not started a game for his club since March
- His manager said it would be an ‘insult’ to football if he played in Nations League
- He has since fired back and claimed he has a clear conscience over problems
Sevilla’s Andre Silva has slammed claims from his manager that he has been exaggerating the severity of his injuries.
The Portugal striker has not started a game for Sevilla since March and has been suffering from a knee injury in recent weeks.
Yet there have been suggestions he could be called up to play in the Nations League for Portugal next month and boss Joaquin Caparros reacted angrily to that.
Andre Silva has slammed claims from his manager that he has been exaggerating his injuries
Caparros said earlier this week: ‘We are not stupid. Andre Silva will not play this weekend and it is a case to be talked about seriously.
‘Let’s talk about a guy who did very well in the beginning but then disappeared, especially in the last two months. I ask Portugal, for football’s sake, not to call him to the Nations League – it would be an insult to football.
‘I think UEFA should investigate his medical reports. How would the Seville fans would react, all the staff technician, managers and our president seeing him in the field with Portugal in June?
‘Regardless of this, however, I believe that the opinion must count of the doctor of the club that pays his salary.’
Silva has not started a game for Sevilla since March as he battles his ongoing knee problems
But Silva fired back on Tuesday and made it clear that, in his view, he has been injured all along.
‘I’m not simulating an injury, I have been receiving treatment,’ Silva said in El Mundo Deportivo.
‘I have a clear conscience; I have wanted to play and the problem for me is that as time has passed the discomfort has worsened.
‘Maybe this has not been handled in the best way and I should have taken a break in December to sort it, but Sevilla needed me and I wanted to play.’
Silva scored seven goals in his first seven league games for Sevilla, having joined them on loan from AC Milan in the summer, but has tailed off, striking just twice in his last 20.