Belgium defender will likely miss international week but hopes to be back in the mix mid-September.
Since Vincent Kompany's injury during Manchester City's opening 4-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle United, the club have stuttered their form, suffering a 3-2 loss to newly-promoted Cardiff City.
The 27-year-old – a defender famed for his concentration, aerial ability and tackling – may have been a difference-maker at the Cardiff City Stadium last Sunday. However, the groin strain – which was initially believed to keep him sidelined for well over a month – may be suitably healed enough for the captain to return mid-September, ahead of crucial fixtures including the opening Champions League group game and the Manchester derby.
'I’ll be out for a little while but not too long,' said Kompany to the club's official website. 'I’ve been here before and I’m going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible. There are worse things that can happen but the only disappointment is that the season began so positively for me and everything went really well during pre-season.
'There is a protocol to follow with any injury and there is a time scale that goes with that. If I follow that schedule, I know when I’ll be back in a certain amount of weeks and possibly sooner.'
In the past 18 months, Kompany has been in the physio's room with a number of complaints including injuries to his knee (x2), calf/shin (x6), hamstring (x2), face and, most recently, groin. The player, though, insists it is a fresh issue rather than a continuing problem.
'It is a freak injury that has nothing to do with the previous problems – it can happen – but I know when I return I’ll be absolutely fine.'
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