Vincent Kompany ruled out for three more weeks


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.

Cisse arrested in sex tape investigation

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.

The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.

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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.

According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.

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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.

Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?