Here we go again. After not being seen in Manchester City colours since before the last international break, Vincent Kompany has been called up by Belgium boss Roberto Martínez for their October fixtures against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Cyprus.
Kevin De Bruyne is also in the latest Belgium squad.
Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne have been called up for Belgium’s WC qualification matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Cyprus. pic.twitter.com/DncqD8rX0S
— City Watch (@City_Watch) September 29, 2017
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 in the last break. This ruled him out of City’s big match against Liverpool and he hasn’t appeared since, despite Guardiola frequently saying he was close to a return.
The call-up by Martínez doesn’t necessarily mean Kompany will play, but if he does after missing some important City fixtures, it may cause more consternation. There have been stories claiming Pep Guardiola was ‘infuriated’ that the iconic club captain failed to heed the warnings after suffering a knock to his knee against Gibraltar, leading to his latest lay-off.
Kompany had looked back to his best prior to his injury, but his ongoing setback has raised the familiar issue of the club’s finest centre-back missing important games. During both the Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini eras, there were issues with Kompany putting himself at risk on international duty and subsequently missing key fixtures for his club.
Pep Guardiola is due to address the media this afternoon and will undoubtedly give us an update on Kompany’s fitness.