Vincent Kompany has suffered yet another setback to his stop and start season after suffering a calf injury.
The Manchester City captain has been sorely missed at the back. He has not been at his best for the last 18 months. Any possible recovery in form will be possible only if he plays regularly, but he has been unable to get a consistent run of games due to recurring injury problems. The 29-year-old was rated as one of the best central defenders in the world when he led a Manchester City to a league title two years ago. Now, he has been able to feature in less than 750 minutes of action in the Premier League.
Kompany had to be withdrawn after just nine minutes in the recent 4-1 win over Sunderland. This led to manager Manuel Pellegrini raising questions about the career of the player. He feels that the recurring injury problems should not force Kompany into premature retirement. There have been several top central defenders – like Ledley King – who have had to retire early due to recurring injury problems. However, Kompany has been experiencing such issues only for the last 12 months. The calf area is being a major problem for the defender, as he has suffered a 12 major injuries in this region in the last five years.
“I think that he is a very professional player. He and the club and are going to do all we can to try to help him. It’s difficult for me to answer these questions because I repeat again, I am not a doctor.A lot of players at some moments of their career have a bad season for different injuries. I hope this is the part of the season for Kompany and the second part he will be fit,” said Pellegrini.