Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany suffered a recurrence of his calf injury during the 4-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side produced a dominant performance against their struggling rivals at the Etihad, and coupled with Leicester City’s loss to Liverpool, they have moved to within three points of the Premier League leaders.
While Arsenal could well take advantage and open up a gap of their own at the top of the table, Pellegrini will be delighted with his side’s display as they ensured that their title hopes are very much alive.
However, it was marred by Kompany limping off just nine minutes into his first appearance since November 8, as the Belgian international has been sidelined with a calf problem.
While it is unclear at this stage as to how long the 29-year-old will be out for this time round, it will be a blow regardless given his importance to the team.
City have looked less than convincing with the likes of Elaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis at the heart of their defence, and losing their captain for any amount of time will undoubtedly be a damaging setback for Pellegrini in his bid to keep up the pressure on their rivals at the top of the table.