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Vincent Kompany admits he is “frustrated by small and local injuries” after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Sunderland on St Stephen’s Day.
Kompany limped out of the game at the Etihad Stadium just ten minutes after coming on as second-half substitute for Nicolas Otamendi, shaking his head to the City bench in disappointment as he headed for the tunnel.
City have struggled defensively in the absence of their club captain, conceding a goal in every Premier League game the Belgian has missed.
In contrast, in the eight games that Kompany has played, City have kept seven clean sheets and conceded just one goal.
“Today was a bad day for me. My body feels invincible – the best it’s ever been – but I’m challenged by a number of small and local injuries,” the City defender posted on his official Facebook page.
“It leaves me more frustrated than with any of the ‘big’ injuries I’ve had but it’s a challenge that I will overcome.”
The Capital One Cup semi-finalists fear another lengthy lay-off for the 29-year-old, who will undergo a scan on 27 December, with City facing eight matches in 29 days over the next month.
“Vincent is not the best news,” manager Manuel Pellegrini said.
“He was ready to return. I did not want him to play the whole game because we have to play so many games, but he worked the whole week with normality.
“It is really difficult to understand what happened. “We will see tomorrow with the doctor’s report but it is the same injury, the same calf.”