Vincent Kompany is reportedly a major doubt for tomorrow’s lunchtime game between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad after picking up an injury on international duty.
Several media outlets state that after taking a knock in Belgium’s thrashing of Gibraltar, Kompany then felt a tightness in his calf in the days leading up to Belgium’s win over Greece.
Kompany is now considered a doubt having not trained with his City teammates on Wednesday or Thursday, and this is his 15th calf injury in the last five years.
Pep Guardiola is likely to clarify if the skipper has any chance of playing when he holds his pre-match press conference this afternoon. And should Kompany be out for any period of time, City will be left with only Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Eliaquim Mangala and Tosin Adarabioyo as options. Four options is standard with a typical formation, but less so with the three-man system Guardiola has been using in the early days of the season.
The City boss wanted to sign Jonny Evans in the closing days of the transfer window to replace Mangala, but when Mangala snubbed a £23million deadline day move to Crystal Palace, a deal for former Manchester United man Evans collapsed.
And having turned down Palace, Stoke and Spartak Moscow in the summer, Mangala now has forcibly given himself another chance to prove himself to Pep, who has shown little interest in the 26-year-old since taking over from Manuel Pellegrini in 2016.