Vincent Kompany may likely miss the looming Manchester derby even as there are fears that he could even be out of action for as much as four weeks following his latest injury setback on Tuesday night in the Champion League game against Dynamo Kiev.
The Belgium international , who has been plagued by recurring calf problems, was forced off after just seven minutes of the goalless last-16 second-leg tie against the visiting Ukaranian champions on Tuesday night.
Kompany’s latest setback came as he slipped in a challenge with Kiev midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskiy and immediately kicked the ball out of play before signalling to the bench and hobbling down the tunnel, with a look of profound disappointment on his face.
It was barely a month that Kompany returned from a long spell on the sidelines having been forced out with a grade-two tear to his calf against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
Though nothing official has come from City’s medics, Manager Manuel Pellegrini has already served a hint on what to expect when the necessary checks are finally carried out on Kompany.
“Vincent, unfortunately, has a muscle injury in his calf like he had before,” he said. “We’ll know more tomorrow or maybe the day after tomorrow how important it is, but always a muscle injury is minimum of one month.”
Though sorry for the plight of Kompany, Pellegrini was quick to state that this may not just be the last for his trusted central-defender.
“It’s very difficult to find a particular thing about a muscle injury. There’s a lot of things you can do to try to have less injuries but no one will be sure you are not going to have any more,” said Pellegrini.
Aside Kompany, City has also been hit with another blow in their central defence as Nicolas Otamendi was also forced off against Dynamo Kiev.