Wrapping Up the Latest Manchester City News and Gossip

Rob Pollard@@RobPollard_Featured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton scores the opening goal as Vincent Kompany of Manchester City closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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The full extent of City captain Vincent Kompany’s latest injury is not yet known, but the club's official news programme, City Today, has revealed today's scan suggests a thigh strain was the cause of his early departure against Everton on Saturday.

As I have discussed on these pages in recent weeks, the Belgian is a key member of City's first team, and his absence tends to hurt them more than that of any other player in the squad.

His leadership is vital to the Blues, and the club will be desperately hoping the injury isn't serious and that he makes a full recovery soon.

The international break gives them an opportunity to treat the problem intensively and get him back in the side without missing too many important games.

Better news comes in the shape of Martin Demichelis, who is well on the road to recovery after sustaining knee ligament damage shortly after joining the club for £3.5 million.

The Manchester Evening News claim he could be back in training as early as next Monday, with his period of physio work now nearly complete.

“It’s too early to know if he will be ready after the international break – maybe he can do,” said Manuel Pellegrini.

“If Kompany and Demichelis are out we have only Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott, but they did very well. We have to be optimistic and see what happens in the international break.”

Joe Hart continues to dominate the headlines after his recent shaky form, but he has the backing of his City teammate Pablo Zabaleta and England manager Roy Hodgson.

According to Sky Sports, Zabaleta is quoted as saying:

We saw him during the week a little bit down. We need him to come back again to his best.

Sometimes it happens in football but that's why team-mates need to support all the players. He knows we're all behind him.

Of course he's upset. It's really hard for any player when you know you're not doing well. He has a personality so he needs to show that he's coming back to his best. And I'm sure he will do because he's a great goalkeeper.

We've seen him for a long time doing very well so that's why it's strange to see him like this.

The City fans made their feelings clear inside the Etihad on Saturday when they gave Hart a rapturous reception.

You can read my thoughts on Hart and how I feel he needs stronger competition here.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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After the match against Everton, Hodgson was on BBC's Match of the Day and offered Hart some words of support, saying, "It is important to back our goalkeeper. I think the goalkeeper is in a really difficult position because they are in the limelight."

Meanwhile, according to David Anderson in The Mirror, City’s match away to CSKA Moscow is now expected to be played in the Russian capital, despite fears it was going to be moved to St. Petersburg because of problems with the Arena Khimki pitch.

Having recently relaid the turf, UEFA forced them to play their last Champions League match away from Moscow, but it seems they are now happy with the state of the surface, with confirmation of Moscow as the venue expected in a few days.

Finally, we have this strange one from The Mail, who are claiming Manchester United have written to the Premier League to express their displeasure at City's use of footage taken from the tunnel during the Manchester derby.

City's official website started their "Tunnel Cam" feature three years ago, but United are said to be perturbed about footage showing the aftermath of a heated discussion between Ryan Giggs and the fourth official.

You can see the footage for yourself below.


Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity.