Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he does not plan to bring captain Vincent Kompany back to the first-team match earlier than expected.
The Belgian international has been plagued by injury problems this campaign. He is seen as one of the best central defenders in Premier League right now, but he has featured in only 13 league matches so far. He is yet to open his scoring account for the season. Apart from missing league matches, Kompany has also missed cup matches like League Cup action.
His last appearance came in the 1-0 win over Leicester City, but he failed to complete the 90 minutes after having to be taken off in the 77th minute due to a reoccurrence of the injury. Given that he has already missed several matches this season, Pellegrini says that he is prepared to giveKompany sufficient time in order to come back. It is looking highly unlikely that the 28-year-old will be available for the key Christmas fixture schedule. Compared with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, City have a much kinder list as they will be facing teams at the bottom like West Brom and Burnley.
“It’s very difficult to be absolutely out of the problem with muscle injuries.He’ll try to play again as soon as he can. But the doctor, the player and me will have the last word to see if he can.We will see during the week along with Jovetic whether they can be fit for Friday. It’s difficult. It is important especially when you play so many games like this year when we have to look at the amount of players we have in our squad, you need multi-faceted players,” said Pellegrini, who is already facing a lot of injuries with players like Aguero and Edin Dzeko also on the sidelines.