Vincent Kompany Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Ankle

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was forced out of Saturday's fourth-round English FA Cup match with Stoke City at Britannia Stadium after suffering an apparent ankle injury that would turn out to be a calf injury, according to ESPN FC's official Twitter account:

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been substituted with an apparent ankle injury

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 26, 2013


UPDATE: Saturday, March 30 at 10:07 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway

As expected, Kompany will be in the starting 11 for Manchester City when they hit the field on Saturday against Newcastle, according to the club's official Twitter feed:

This will mark the end of a two-month absence from the lineup for the star, who injured his calf against Stoke City in January.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 29 at 10:20 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Kompany has deemed himself ready to play for Manchester City after making a start for Belgium on Tuesday, reports Andy Hampson of the Press Association. His decision to return during international duty after an extended club absence didn't please Roberto Mancini, but shouldn't be a major issue.

"For 60 days he didn't play for us and we did everything, then he went to play for the national team.

"If he had got another injury - if on Saturday he is not ready to play because he was with the national team, and we lose him for another month, this is not correct."

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 1 at 8:15 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Unfortunately, Manchester City will once again be without its captain for Sunday's critical fixture against Liverpool, according to Mirror Football:

Manchester City are again without captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

In a bid to catch crosstown rival Manchester United in the EPL standings, the Blues could certainly use the help of their top defender as soon as possible.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

BBC Sport reports (via Twitter) that Vincent Kompany suffered a calf injury, and that he will miss City's next EPL match against QPR and possibly the one after that against Liverpool:

BREAKING: Manchester City assistant David Platt confirms Vincent Kompany will miss QPR game & possibly visit of Liverpool with calf injury.

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 26, 2013


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UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Vincent Kompany tweeted the following regarding the team and his injury after Manchester City's 1-0 win over Stoke City:

On to the next round and a fifth consecutive clean sheet! I hope I won't be out for too long but the team seems to be strong as ever. #FACup

— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) January 26, 2013


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Kompany came off late in the first half and was replaced by Gael Clichy.

Not to bash Clichy, but Roberto Mancini and Manchester City fans can only hope that Kompany's injury is a minor one and that he will be ready for their upcoming Premier League tilts against Liverpool and Chelsea

The 26-year-old Belgian is not only one of City's top defenders, but also the squad's captain. It would certainly be a huge loss if the injury proves to be serious and he is forced to sit out for any significant period of time.

Kompany's greatest asset is his versatility. He is able to shut down opposing attacks as a determined centre-back and can also operate as a quality holding midfielder if called upon. He has 17 shots, including two shots on target in 28 starts for City in 2012-13.

In addition to his talent, Kompany's leadership qualities also set him apart. He captained the Blues last spring as they wrapped up the 2011-12 Premier League championship, proving to be a driving force for one of Europe's top football clubs.

Kompany has been playing for City since 2008, and is nearing his 200th career appearance with the club. He signed a six-year deal this past summer.


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