A number of Vincent Kompany’s injuries at Manchester City have come while on international duty with Belgium, much to the frustration of Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and, now, Pep Guardiola.
His latest setback came in the last international break and he has yet to play a minute of football for his club since. Luckily, the rise of John Stones and excellent team performances in general have meant the Blues have been able to cope better than in the past without their inspiring captain.
But is it time for Kompany to hang up his national team boots? The day may finally be close, as the man himself has revealed that 2017 could be his last year playing for the Red Devils (Belgium, that is).
In an exclusive interview with De Morgen, the 31-year-old said, “I won’t stop playing football after the World Cup, but chances are I’ll stop playing for the national team, and they know that too.
“The more matches you play, the more you are away from home, the more you put your body under pressure, and the less chance you have to stay healthy.”
“If I have to make a decision for my body, I’ll do it without a doubt. And I’ll have a great career with the national team to look back on.”
It should come as no surprise that Kompany wants one more World Cup with the Belgium ‘golden generation’, of which his Manchester City teammate Kevin De Bruyne is also a part, but the indications from the man himself is that he will call time on his international career after Russia 2018.