Major blow: Lynchpin set to be ruled out of Liverpool clash against Manchester City - Telegraph
By Harry Sykes
Vincent Kompany could be ruled out of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Liverpool tomorrow (Saturday), according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the City skipper is a “serious doubt” for City’s Premier League game at home to their title rivals on Saturday lunchtime as manager Pep Guardiola faces the prospect of an early defensive headache.
It is said that Kompany, 31, has missed training for the past two days with a calf problem.
He felt his calf tighten in the lead up to Belgium’s 2-1 win away to Greece last Sunday, three days after he took a blow to the knee during the 9-0 thrashing of Gibraltar.
The possible absence of their captain, talisman and defensive leader would be a massive blow to City given the role he plays in holding their back line together.
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Kompany has been the central plank of a three-man defence this season alongside John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
After a number of injury-ravaged seasons in which there were well-founded fears that his career at the top may be over, the Belgian has played the full 90 minutes in each of the three games, which have yielded a win and two draws.
If Kompany misses the Liverpool game, Guardiola could be forced play four at the back rather than his preferred three-man defence.
In other Liverpool team news, a BBC pundit has predicted one of two players will be axe to make way for big-money new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.