Vincent Kompany Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Status
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hurt his groin against Newcastle United on Aug. 19. He's missed City's last two games, and he could be out until October.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17:
From Manuel Pellegrini, via Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star:
Vincent worked with us normally over the last two days. We will see if he is 100 percent and speak with the doctor, but if he is fit, of course he will play, but we will see tomorrow (Tuesday).
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16:
From Sky Sports:
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has returned to the squad for their UEFA Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.
Kompany has missed City's last three matches with a groin injury but he has travelled with the team to the Czech Republic and his return would be a major boost for manager Manuel Pellegrini.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 6:
According to a report from The Guardian, Kompany's absence could be longer than initially expected:
Vincent Kompany could be ruled out until October, with his availability for the derby meeting with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on 22 September in serious doubt due to his recovery from a groin injury taking longer than first hoped.
If he is unable to play again until next month, his first league appearance would be Everton's visit on 5 October, meaning Kompany would have missed five games in the competition since suffering the problem in City's 4-0 win over Newcastle Unitedat the Etihad Stadium in their opening match.
If Manuel Pellegrini, the manager, cannot select his captain for United's visit, he would have to decide whether Kompany should be risked for the trip to Aston Villa on 28 September. Yet given the injuries that have plagued him during the last two seasons Pellegrini may decide to pencil him in for Bayern Munich's visit on 2 October in the Champions League. Before the current issue Kompany injured his calf on three separate occasions.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23
According to Manchester City's official website, Kompany is facing an extended absence:
Vincent Kompany is set to be side-lined for at least four weeks after picking up a groin injury against Newcastle.
The skipper limped off after 71 minutes during the convincing 4-0 win against the Magpies on Monday night.
"I prefer the doctor has the final word on this but I think he will be out for at least one month," confirmed Manuel Pellegrini.
"If we do strengthen [at centre back] it will not just be because of Vincent Kompany’s injury. We have a very good squad and we see what happens.
"Today or tomorrow we will know exactly how long Vincent will be out for."
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
The Guardian's Jamie Jackson has an update on Kompany's timetable to return:
The captain is expected to return for the derby with Manchester United on 22 September and with Matija Nastasic not yet in full training following an ankle injury, Manuel Pellegrini has Joleon Lescott as his only fit senior central defender.
With his side holding a 3-0 advantage in the second half, the defender collided with Sammy Ameobi. He was substituted out of the match shortly after, according to the club's official Twitter account:
The feed added that the substitution appeared precautionary, although information is still coming out about any potential injury:
72. We'll update you on Vincent's condition after the game as soon as we can, but it appears to be precautionary rather than anything else— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) August 19, 2013
Manager Manuel Pellegrini had more on his status after the match (via Daniel Taylor of The Guardian).
Pellegrini in press conf: "It's not a dream start, but a very good start." #MCFC manager says Kompany will know seriousness of injury tmr— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 19, 2013
The City start took to his Twitter account after the match to update fans on the state of his injury.
Team was great. I felt great. Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I'll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!.— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) August 19, 2013
Kompany has been a member of Manchester City since the 2008-09 season when he came over from Hamburg SV. Since then, he has been an elite contributor to the club in the middle of the defense and was named captain before the 2011-12 season.
While he is not known for his offensive ability, he has still added seven league goals since coming to the English squad.
Unfortunately, injuries have been an issue over the past year. The Belgian started in only 26 Premier League matches last season as he dealt with a calf issue that held him out of February and most of March.
However, he was fit to enter this year and was expected to be a big contributor as the club looks to contend for another league title. Any injury that holds him out of action would be a devastating blow to City's chances going forward.
Javi Garcia entered for Kompany on Monday, although he is more often used as a defensive midfielder. Instead, players like Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic could expect to see more time at centre-back in the veteran's absence.
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