Cape Town - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany may still be sidelined at the start of next season following a report that he is set for a four-month injury lay-off.
The 30-year-old, who has endured a plethora of injuries in recent seasons, limped out of City's Champions League semi-final second leg defeat to Real Madrid last week after just 10 minutes.
While City appear to be keeping quiet on the issue, a former Belgium national team physio who is reputed to be close to Kompany has delivered a grim diagnosis.
"I saw Kompany on Thursday," Lieven Maesschalck told Belgium's Radio One.
"It was very clear - he has a complete tear of the slender thigh muscle. He has been operated on yesterday and it will take about four months to get match-fit again."
The news comes after Belgium captain took to Facebook on Sunday to confirm that he would miss Euro 2016.
"I trust my friends and team-mates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France," he said.
"I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them."
Despite the setback, Kompany has insisted that he will remain positive.
He asserted: "I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up. That is not me. I decide on my future."