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Injured Kompany likely to be out for a month

Reuters, MANCHESTER, England

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, center, sits injured during their Champions League round-of-16 second-leg against Dynamo Kiev in Manchester, England, on Tuesday.

Photo: AP

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.

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