Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany‘s career-long injury struggle has reared its ugly head yet again after the Belgian was forced to withdraw from the side’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle after just 11 minutes.
Manager Pep Guardiola has done his best to utilize Kompany when healthy, but the 31-year-old has hardly found himself fit for selection all season. Kompany missed eight games through September and October with a calf injury, and was forced to sit for another two in mid-December for a similar problem suffered during the Manchester derby, when he was withdrawn at halftime.
Now, with the festive period putting a strain on all managers as they look to keep their team fresh, Guardiola will be unable to deploy his captain, already missing John Stones who has been out since late November with a hamstring injury. That leaves Guardiola with just Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to choose from, backed up by 20-year-old Manchester City youth product Tosin Adarabioyo, who has yet to make his Premier League debut.
“I don’t know what is going to happen,” said Guardiola when asked about Kompany’s injury after the Newcastle match. “Unfortunately he is injured again.”
According to reports, the injury is a recurrence of the aforementioned calf injury that has seen Kompany miss an incredible amount of minutes over the past few seasons. Last year especially, Kompany was only able to appear in three league games until April when he finally regained fitness for the stretch run. This season, Kompany hasn’t been fit for a single Champions League game, and has completed just six full 90 minutes in league play.