Manchester City are sweating over a calf injury to captain Vincent Kompany.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots confirmed Kompany has been sent for a scan after calf problems while away on international duty with the Belgian national side.
It’s too early to pass judgement on the extent of Kompany’s injury, but Pellegrini may now have to fast track the £32 million signing into the first team.
“Any lay-off for Kompany could force the City manager to accelerate Eliaquim Mangala's introduction to the team,” reports the Telegraph.
“France defender Mangala, a summer signing from Porto, has yet to appear for City with Pellegrini keen to gradually introduce the player into the team.”
City’s next three fixtures following the international break don’t come much tougher with Premier League games against Arsenal and Chelsea with a game at Bayern Munich sandwiched in between.
The only real concern with Pellegrini injecting the 23-year-old into the team is his match fitness.
He’s not featured for the club yet this season so he’s likely to be off the pace compared with his other teammates.
However, City paid big to make sure they got their man during the summer transfer window and some top quality sides from the Premier League and Europe were reported to be interested in him.
An alternative could be to draft Matija Nastasic back into the first team after he stayed at the club beyond the transfer window.
The Serbian could have pushed for a move to Arsenal but could become a vital part of the City squad if Kompany is out of action for any sustained period of time.
It will be fascinating to see how Pellegrini reacts if the scan results show bad news for the champions.