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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes captain Vincent Kompany will return to action from his latest calf injury in around a month.
Kompany suffered his fourth calf injury of the campaign, and his 14th since joining the club in 2008, during Tuesday's Champions League goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium.
The 29-year-old is not in the Belgium squad for the international friendly against Portugal on 29 March, with national team boss Marc Wilmots suggesting the former Anderlecht and Hamburg defender would be out for "six to eight weeks".
However, club boss Manuel Pellegrini gave a more optimistic prognosis, insisting that the City skipper could be back in four weeks.
"I'm talking with the doctor. I think Vincent has an injury in the other leg, not the same calf as last time," the Chilean said.
"We'll see in the way he improves but in maybe one month he can be ready. He can still play a part in the season.
"It is not really in the calf, but a little bit higher behind the knee. It is similar to the one [Aleksandar] Kolarov had one month ago and he was delayed three weeks to one month before coming back."
Pellegrini remains hopeful Kompany's fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, who also limped out of Tuesday's draw with Kiev, can recover from a dead leg in time to face Manchester United in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
"Nico is running but it's a risk if he takes another kick in the same leg. We'll assess him on Saturday and decide," he continued.