Belgium has once again succumbed to injury.
Mega-rich Premier League outfit Manchester City will be without influential skipper Vincent Kompany for their Uefa Champions League group-stage clash with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The highly rated Belgium international has endured an injury-ravaged start to the new season, with Kompany having already suffered two prolonged absences with first a calf and then a groin injury.
And it has now been confirmed that the centre back, who also missed the club’s impressive 3-1 win against West Ham United in the Premier League at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon, will not be fit enough to take his place at the heart of the Blues back four when they take on the Russian champions in Moscow in the early-afternoon kick-off on Wednesday.
However, new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini is also set to be without both Martin Demichellis and Jack Rodwell for the trip to the Russian capital in what is a contest the north-west club cannot afford to lose.
City were comprehensively beaten 3-1 in their opening group fixture at Eastlands by European champions Bayern Munich, and so the experienced Chilean knows that avoiding defeat against CSKA is an absolute priority, which makes his captain’s absence even more serious.