Belgium will now miss the next month of the season following his latest groin problem.
Manchester City are said to be so concerned about the long-term fitness of club captain Vincent Kompany that new Blues head coach Manuel Pellegrini is thinking of sending the defender to see a specialist after his latest injury problem, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The Belgium international sustained a quadricep problem in his troublesome groin area during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Everton in the Premier League at Eastlands, and following scans on the injury on Monday, Kompany has now been ruled out of action for four weeks.
However, this is not the first layoff that the centre back has been forced to endure since the start of the new campaign, with Kompany picking up another groin injury in City’s Premier League opener against Newcastle United back in August that kept the player on the sidelines for a month.
And now the club want to send their influential skipper to see a specialist in either Denmark or Germany during the upcoming international break in order to get to the bottom of these continuing injury problems that the 27-year-old has been suffering of late, with fears growing in the north west that the central defender can now not play for longer than a month without picking up a new problem.
“The injuries are piling up and it is looking like only a matter of time before he flies out to consult a specialist,” a City source is quoted as saying.
“His long-term health and fitness have been a big concern for some time now, dating back as far as the end of last season, which was very much an injury-hit campaign for Vincent.
“The feeling now is that he is at a point where it is difficult to avoid muscle injuries for more than a month or so.
“This causes untold disruption, not only to the team’s confidence and preparation but also to the player’s body.
“When he is playing he is striving for match sharpness. Players need continuity, but these injuries are interrupting his flow.
“He hurt his upper groin and that area in particular is really susceptible for Vincent.
“As you would expect, he shares everyone’s frustration.”