Drama in Manchester! Vincent Kompany’s return has been delayed yet again. The City skipper could be out for a long time, according to Sky Sports.
Coach Manuel Pellegrini had to admit he doesn’t know when his captain will be back on the pitch. Kompany entered the Boxing Day encounter with Sunderland, but had to be replaced again after just nine minutes of play due to a calf injury.
As noted by Sky, his current lay-off is his 12th for a calf injury since the start of the title-winning 2011-12 campaign and his third this season.
“It is difficult because Vincent is doing a lot of different things to try to understand and to find the reasons for so many injuries,” said Pellegrini.
“At this moment it is difficult to tell you an update about that. Vincent maybe not so soon, but for the last part of the season he could be fit.”
Kompany has a long history of injuries, after also missing extended time due to hamstring and groin injuries over the years. He was due to miss a couple of weeks in 2016, but that period has now been extended to the end of the season.
The Citizens will have to contend for a new Premier League title without their skipper. That has proven to be difficult. Of the 11 matches in which Kompany has not featured, Man City have kept just one clean sheet. When he has been on the field, they have only conceded once.