Vincent Kompany went down with a calf injury five minutes in to Manchester City’s game against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night. This is his fourth calf injury of the season, and his 14th since joining the blues since 2008. Following the 0-0 draw, Manuel Pellegrini confirmed it was a recurrence of the calf injury that has plagued him this season.
“We will know day after tomorrow but always with muscle injuries it’s a minimum of one month,” he said.
The City captain, who improves the defence of his team considerably, has recently returned from an injury which kept him out from Boxing Day until the middle of February.
To improve matters for us, Kompany’s central defensive partner, Nicolás Otamendi was taken off with injury after 25 minutes.
Pellegrini was more confident about Otamendi’s chances of playing on Sunday though, hoping that he can recover from the “kick”.
If he does join Kompany on the injury list, City will be starting with Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis in the heart of their defence. The only league start they’ve made together this season was the 4-1 defeat against Liverpool at the Etihad.
Here’s hoping Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can make the most of their defensive weaknesses.
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