Manchester City’s hopes of maintaining fourth place in the Premier League and qualifying for next season’s Champions League have suffered a major blow with the news captain Vincent Kompany could be out injured for around four weeks.
The centre-back was substituted at half time during Sunday’s Manchester derby with United at Old Trafford after pulling a muscle in his right thigh during a particularly robust tackle on Daley Blind, according to The Daily Telegraph.
And the paper sites sources close to the player that have suggested to them that he could be absent for the Premier League champions for around three to four weeks.
The injury would effectively rule Kompany out for the rest of City’s season or at least until the last game of the campaign against Southampton on May 24th.
However, the defender’s prognosis will not be confirmed until the club’s medical team have allowed the muscle to settle before scanning the affected area.
Any long-term problem for the skipper would mean an immediate promotion to the first XI for Eliaquim Mangala, a particularly terrifying prospect given his erratic displays so far this season.
In turn this could have a serious impact on City’s ability to hold on to the crucial fourth place, last Champions League qualifying spot given their terrible form in 2015 and the face Liverpool now appeared to have overcome their blip in form and are just four points behind.