Manchester City latest: Club hit by major blow

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Vincent Kompany is facing another spell on the sidelines after being assessed by Manchester City medical staff on Sunday, Football Insider sources on Sunday.
The City captain is set to miss the team’s Premier League clash against Leicester on Tuesday and their trip to Watford five days later.

Kompany’s comeback lasted just nine minutes on Boxing Day as he aggravated a calf injury in his team’s 4-1 win over Sunderland.

The central defender had been out since November 8 but appeared to over-stretch within seconds of replacing Nicolas Otamendi. He tried to run the problem off but could not continue.

Manuel Pellegrini had hoped to ease the 29-year-old back into action and introduced him once the game was effectively won against Sam Allardyce’s team.

The Belgian international took to Facebook shortly after the game to reassure fans following his early substitution against Sunderland.

“Today was a bad day for me,” Kompany wrote. “My body feels invincible – the best it’s ever been – but I’m challenged by a number of small and local injuries. It leaves me more frustrated than with any of the ‘big’ injuries I’ve had but it’s a challenge that I will overcome.

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“There are worst things in life of course and I never forget that. So I’m definitely not asking anyone to feel sorry for me and I hope you wouldn’t anyway. This is a way to communicate my situation to those who maybe deserve answers.”

Injury blow: Kompany is set for another spell on the sidelines after aggravating calf injury

Kompany was assessed by City medics on Sunday and is set to miss more football in a blow to the club’s title challenge.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Pellegrini said: “Vincent is not the best news. He was ready to return. I did not want him to play the whole game. He worked the whole week with normality.”

Another spell on the sidelines would be Kompany’s third of this season.