Man City short in defence as Kompany misses Sunderland clash

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game away to Sunderland, leaving the champions short of defensive options, the Guardian has reported.

Kompany was forced off with a foot injury in the closing stages of Sunday’s 3-0 win away to fellow high-flyers Southampton. That incident came after the sending off of centre-back partner Eliaquim Mangala, who also misses the match at the Stadium of Light due to a one-match ban.

Experienced Argentine Martin Demichelis will come into the starting XI, but it remains to be seen who will be his partner. Dedryk Boyata could be brought back into the fold by manager Manuel Pellegrini, while Bacary Sagna occasionally deputised at centre-back while at Arsenal.

Having lost their last four visits to Sunderland, this news could give the home side hope of another triumph, and Pellegrini is aware of their threat ahead of the game. “It is a tough team to play against,’ he said.

‘Because they defend very well, at home and away, it is a team that know exactly what they must do during the game. They also have a very good manager, Gustavo Poyet, who knows the Premier League, so both things make a strong team. We hope that this season we are going to have more luck.”

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