Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vin's Curse

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vin's Curse

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PEP Guardiola has raised fresh concerns about Vincent Kompany - admitting he does not know when the City captain will return to fitness.

Kompany has been sidelined since damaging his calf on international duty for Belgium in August.

Despite club doctors initially believing the injury to be a minor one, the centre-back's continued absence is of growing concern.

Asked for an update on Kompany, Guardiola was evasive.

"He's not ready," said the City manager. Pressed on a potential return date, he added: "I don't know."

Kompany looked to have finally ended his injury curse after three years of muscular problems - establishing himself in the heart of City's defence for the final two months of last season and the start of this campaign.

But his setback during Belgium's 9-0 World Cup qualifying win over Gibraltar has raised further questions about his long-term fitness. …

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