Vincent Kompany ruled out for three more weeks

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When Manchester City need him most, the captain can’t seem to get healthy as a report from Sky Sports claims Vincent Kompany will be sidelined for three more weeks. 

Its been seven matches on the trot since the Belgian center-back last played for the Citizens, the 3-1 victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium in October.

Kompany’s been held down by an evolving injury to his thigh. The problem began as an tear in the abductor, a problem that brings pain to the side and back portion of the thigh. It was a problem that was expected to sideline Kompany for three weeks but the prognosis changed when he started developing issues on the front of the muscle.

Currently at five weeks and counting, the Belgian FA has become increasingly concerned with the situation and recently sent team physio Lieven Messchalck to assess the defender.

“I think Vincent is going to be ready in several weeks,” Messchalck said. “We will do everything we can to bring back Vincent in a good way for a long time.

“First of all he had a rupture, a tear into the abductor and then also he has bad luck with a small thing on the front side now, so it’s everything together.

“It’s not really so long, eight weeks is nothing in the time of injury, you must respect biology.”

Messchalck projects the Belgium skipper will be ready to return to action for City’s match against Tottenham on November 24th.

With Kompany out of the lineup City have won both of their Champions League matches against CSKA Moscow but have lost two of four in the league (0-2 at Newcastle and 0-1 at Sunderland), while also falling to Newcastle 0-2 in the Capital One Cup.

It’s troubling form for a squad so many predicted to be title contenders in the league. And while the goalkeeping controversy has been a big talking point, Manuel Pellegrini’s inability to find a dependable center-back pairing to deputize in Kompany’s absence is right up there as cause for concern.

With Kompany out and Matija Nastasic also ruled out until the Spurs match with a knock, City will use a combination of Martin Demichelis, Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia to lead the back four.

Minnesota’s Molino lifts Trinidad and Tobago to big win (video)

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Minnesota United attacker Kevin Molino has given Trinidad and Tobago life in the race to win a spot at the 2018 World Cup.

Molino’s 37th minute goal gave hosts T&T a 1-0 lead against visiting Panama at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday, and the Soca Warriors held on to win its first points of qualifying.

Panama had a Luis Tejada goal controversially ruled offside as Los Canaleros nearly pulled their fifth point of the Hex. Panama faces the USMNT on Tuesday in Panama City.

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Molino fooled long time LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo with a low shot across the body. The Panama backstop couldn’t get low enough or far enough with his dive to stop the shot.

The win has T&T in fifth place on the Hex table, behind Honduras on goal differential and three points ahead of the last place USMNT.

The U.S. needs a two-goal win to pass T&T, and a three-goal win to climb above Honduras.

WATCH: Zaha drives Russia nuts with mazy dribble goal

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Wilfried Zaha combined balance, deft touch, and breakneck speed to score his first international goal for the Ivory Coast.

With his side leading Russia 1-0 on Friday, the Crystal Palace winger worked his way through four defenders before burying his shot.

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Zaha especially fooled with Ilya Kutepov, a harsh cut nearly tipping both to the field.

He’s just 24, and it seems much longer ago that he made his failed move to Manchester United in 2013.

Failed may be a rough verb considering it all contributed to making him the player he is for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast today.

Everton loses Coleman to leg break on Ireland duty

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A horror tackle from Wales’ Neil Taylor snapped Seamus Coleman‘s leg in gruesome fashion on Friday.

Taylor was given a red card, and Coleman was stretched off the pitch in the 0-0 draw.

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed what was apparent from the match replay: the Everton man has a broken ankle.

“It’s a bad break. He’s a fantastic player and character. It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.

“Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He’s gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good. He was holding is leg up and it didn’t look good.

This is not only awful for the player, but causes stress as Everton mounts its assault on the Top Six. The right back has also manned right mid for Ronald Koeman this season, and has four goals and four assists in 26 Premier League matches.

Mason Holgate, Muhamed Besic, and Phil Jagielka have played some right back for Everton, while Ramiro Funes Mori has deputized at left back.

Emotional McClean speaks after honoring deceased teammate (video)

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After wearing the No. 5 to honor of his recently deceased teammate, James McClean met with the media following Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

McClean played with Ryan McBride at Derry City, and left Ireland camp to attend funeral services after McBride died following a match last weekend. McClean was also mourning the death of friend and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness.

Throw in a gruesome injury to teammate Seamus Coleman and, in McClean’s words, “I’ve had better weeks”.

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McClean, 27, spoke with evident emotion following a Man of the Match turn in Ireland’s draw (video below).

“It was a really tough week. The lads here have been great. They rallied around me. The manager was first class as well. He let me go up to Derry there on Tuesday and say my goodbyes. It’s been a tough week with Seamus injury as well. It’d been nice if we had have got a win and ended on a positive note, but it wasn’t to be.

“(McBride and McGuinness) were going through my thoughts today. I wanted to put in a performance that would make them proud. In the national anthem and the moment’s applause, holding my wee girl, it was emotional but I tried to put that in the right way into my performance. Hopefully tonight I’ve done the lads proud.”