Vincent Kompany to miss crucial game against Manchester United

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Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany could miss most of the rest of Manchester City’s games this season after suffering another calf injury as Manchester City entered the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time. As a result, the captain will miss Sunday’s crucial game with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

The Belgian captain has sustained a calf injury after seven minutes in 0-0 draw with Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev. This is Kompany’s 14th Manchester City calf injuries and the injury has kept the Belgian captain out of 27 games this season.

Kompany’s calf injury was his fourth calf problem of the season and 14th in total since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2008. The captain’s previous injuries have already caused him a huge headache for the club, where he missed a total of 18 weeks this season and has appeared in only 19 of the City’s 46 games.

The numbers are quite alarming, fourteen calf injuries since joining the club, four alone this season. More than that though is the huge impact his absence has on the club, which already have lost 33 per cent of matches he is not played with. That’s a huge scary statistics for a club whose third-choice midfielder cost £32 million ($45 million).

“It is difficult for me at this moment to say if he is out for the season but having a problem in his calf, we are in the middle of March, then it is middle of April so it is, at least, three-quarters of the rest of the season,” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said, via The Guardian.

The 30-year-old Belgian, which is capable of playing centre back and defensive midfielder, has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester City worth £32 million ($45 million), with the captain aiming for five league titles before he leaves the club. The 30-year-old Belgian captain has already led Manchester City to two Premier League crowns. In 2011 to 2012 season, The Belgian was awarded the captaincy of Manchester City, leading his squad to win the prestigious Premier League, the club’s first league title in 44 years.

It’s no doubt, Kompany’s injury will be a major blow to the City’s upcoming game with cross-city rival Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday.

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