Monday 19 March 2018

Vincent Kompany a doubt for Manchester Derby with hamstring injury

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

Mark Ogden

Vincent Kompany is battling to overcome a hamstring injury in order to captain Manchester City against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgian centre-half, 29 on Friday, suffered the injury during the second-half of Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, but played on for the remainder of the game, despite Eliaquim Mangala being lined up to replace him in the back four.

And with the centre-half unable to train fully this week, City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Kompany will undergo a fitness test on Saturday morning to assess whether he will be able to face United at Old Trafford.

“We will see tomorrow if he (Kompany) can play or not,” Pellegrini said. “It’s better with Kompany but if he can’t play, we have a squad.

“He has not been able to train every day this week, so we will see on Saturday morning.”

 If Kompany misses out, £42m summer signing Mangala is expected to partner Martin Demichelis at centre-half with Dedryck Boyata also struggling to overcome an injury.

Pellegrini’s attacking options are also limited, with the Chilean admitting that Stevan Jovetic and Wilfried Bony will also miss the trip to United.

“Stevan Jovetic has a muscle injury,” Pellegrini said. “And Bony twisted his ankle and knee before the Palace game, so he also won’t be ready for this game.”

City are aiming to secure a fifth successive win against United for the first time in their history and Pellegrini admits that that milestone is a motivational factor for his team.

“The first objective is always to win,” Pellegrini said. “But there is a double motivation to win this game.

“It’s about the next game, the derby against United and a draw is never a good result.”

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