Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is likely to be sidelined for about a month after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem on Tuesday as his side qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.
Kompany was forced off in the fifth minute, but City went on to reach the last eight of the competition for the first time after drawing 0-0 at home to Dynamo Kiev to advance 3-1 on aggregate.
“Vincent again has a muscle injury in his calf,” manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters. “We’ll know tomorrow, or maybe the day after tomorrow, how bad it is, but always a muscle injury is a minimum of one month out.”
Belgium central defender Kompany, who only returned from a calf problem last month, having been out since December last year, will have to miss Sunday’s home Premier League derby with Manchester United.
“This is difficult for him because he came back very well and played six games in a row,” Pellegrini said.
City kept it tight on Tuesday night, refusing to gamble with their healthy 3-1 first-leg victory.
“We didn’t take any risks,” Pellegrini said. “For our team it was important to keep the ball and not allow them to create chances. “They knew before the game they had to score three goals and that’s not easy. We didn’t have too many chances because we didn’t force the game.”
“We normally are a team that always scores. We’ve received a lot of criticism that we never keep clean sheets, but we’ve kept a clean sheet for the last three games,” Pellegrini said.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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