Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Manuel Pellegrini said, via City's official Twitter:
Updates from Sunday, April 13
Manchester City announced Vincent Kompany is fit to play today:
Manchester City's title hopes looked to have taken a blow on the training ground, of all places, as Vincent Kompany had to leave Saturday's session with an injury.
Vincent Kompany could be a doubt for City's crucial title clash with Liverpool after limping out of training on Saturday. The Belgian appeared to land heavily after challenging for a header, and had to be carried away from the pitch by his team-mates.
He could now miss out on the huge meeting with Brendan Rodgers' side at Anfield on Sunday.
Just yesterday, Kompany was speaking confidently of his team's chances, via John Drayton of the Daily Mail:
We remember the match against them earlier in the season and for me, Liverpool are still the best Premier League team we've faced at the Etihad.
They have been on a fantastic run and we know we have to be focused and leave the pitch at the end knowing we've given everything because there is so much at stake in this game. But then again, this is a great challenge for us.
They have a great squad and while we will be wary of that, I think we have quite a few great players of our own.
Losing Kompany would be a huge loss against Liverpool, the top-scoring club in the Premier League with 90 goals. Kompany would have had his hands full trying to track Luis Suarez (29 goals, 11 assists) and Daniel Sturridge (20 goals, seven assists), of course, but if anyone was up to the task, it would be him.
Liverpool have run circles around the best of defenses this year. Playing without your first-choice centre-back against them is defensive suicide.
And Kompany is certainly one of City's key players. According to WhoScored, he's earned a 7.11 average match rating in Premier League play this season, a solid if unspectacular mark. That being said, anyone who has watched him in action knows his combination of athleticism, physicality and leadership is vital to the Citizens.
And City need all hands on deck against Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool are currently in first place with 74 points, four points above the Citizens. But Manchester City have two games in hand on both them and Chelsea (72 points), meaning a win would put them in the driver's seat for a Premier League title.
A loss, of course, would be devastating, and would mean Liverpool could win the title by winning the remainder of their games.
With so much on the line, the potential loss of Kompany looms large.