Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set for another spell on the sidelines after re-injuring his calf.
The official diagnosis is a second-degree tear, as City must now move forward without one of their most important players.
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The center-back had missed seven weeks of action with a calf problem before coming on as a substitute in City’s 4-1 win over Sunderland on Boxing Day. However, he lasted just nine minutes on his return before suffering another setback.
Kompany’s absence in the Pellegrini’s back-line has been clearly visible this season, as he has started less than half of the team’s Premier League matches. In the eight matches Kompany has started, City has conceded just one goal. In the 11 games he has not, they have conceded 19.