Vincent Kompany's latest injury setback means he could be sidelined for up to four weeks, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said captain Vincent Kompany could return to the side within the next three or four weeks after his latest injury setback.
Kompany made a return from a calf injury in the 4-1 win over Sunderland but only lasted nine minutes before suffering a recurrence of the problem that has kept him out for much of the season.
After last night's 0-0 draw with Leicester City in the Premier League, Pellegrini told reporters, according to the Manchester Evening News: “Vincent has an injury - a second degree of his calf, so we will see how many weeks he will be out.
"I don’t think that less than three or four weeks.
“It’s not the same injury (as previous ones). It’s the same calf but a different one.
“I’m not a doctor, but normally a muscle injury less than three or four weeks is very difficult in the calf. We hope he recovers as soon as he can, but it is very important that we try to continue without Vincent defending as we did tonight.”
If Pellegrini's projections are correct, then the Belgian centre-back could return for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final tie with Everton late next month.
In the meantime he will miss league encounters Watford, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United along with the third round FA Cup tie against Norwich City, as well as the first leg encounter against Everton.
Pellegrini will certainly hope that his captain will return for fixtures in February as they face big challenges both on the domestic and European front.
City face potentially huge home fixtures against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League before they travel to Dynamo Kiev for their second round first leg match in the Champions League - which presents them with an opportunity to go deep into the competition this season.