Manchester - It
is estimated that 35 separate injuries have kept Vincent Kompany out
for a total of two and a half years since he joined Manchester City in 2008.
Now, the unlucky defender could be facing another six weeks on the sidelines.
visited a specialist in Barcelona this week after damaging ligaments in
his right knee during a Premier League game at Crystal Palace last
The specialist agreed with the initial prognosis of City's
doctors that the Belgium international will miss the next four to six
weeks, potentially ruling him out until the new year.
Pep Guardiola gave the injury prognosis at a news conference on Friday,
marking another setback for the team's captain who hasn't completed a
game in five starts this season. He has come off injured in three of
It leaves City with just two out-and-out center backs - John
Stones and Nicolas Otamendi - for a busy next month, although Guardiola
suggested he would not be dipping into the transfer market in January
as he has possible central-defensive cover in Fernandinho and Bacary
One player who won't be featuring at center back is Yaya
Toure, who played in that position for Barcelona under Guardiola in the
2009 Champions League final against Manchester United where Barcelona won
Toure is back in favour at City after missing the first three
months of the season, because Guardiola was unhappy with comments by the
Guardiola said Toure will continue to play in a
"more offensive" position.
City visits Burnley in the league on Saturday.