Vincent Kompany is aiming for a speedy return from the groin injury that he picked against Newcastle on the opening day of the season. The Belgian international is eyeing a return to action after the international break so could be fit for the trip to Stoke City on 14th September. If that comes too soon, Kompany is likely to be fit for the Manchester derby the following weekend. It is always a blow for a key player to pick up an injury at the beginning of the season but Kompany is trying to remain positive. He told the official City website:
I’ll be out for a little while but not too long. I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that. I’ve been here before and I’m going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible. There are worse things that can happen but the only disappointment is that the season began so positively for me and everything went really well during pre-season.
There is a protocol to follow with any injury and there is a time scale that goes with that. If I follow that schedule, I know when I’ll be back in a certain amount of weeks and possibly sooner. It is a freak injury that has nothing to do with the previous problems – it can happen – but I know when I return I’ll be absolutely fine.
Even prior to Kompany’s injury, speculation was rife as to whether City would sign a central defender as backup. The latest name to be linked with the Blues is Atletico Madrid’s Martin Demichelis but as things stand a deal has not been done. Despite not paying close attention to the media, Kompany has not ruled out another arrival before the transfer window closes:
Maybe we will (sign another player) – I haven’t kept in touch with any speculation so I’m not sure but with a few days to go I’m sure it is a possibility as it is at any club of this size. It is going to be an interesting season because Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson has retired and we also have a new manager. People will wonder how we will all perform in what is a new era for all three clubs and the pressure is on all of us to do well, but at the same time, everything has changed and it will be interesting for the fans and for us as well.
There is no doubt that the sooner Kompany is back the better. His influence on the squad both on and off the pitch is huge and City look like a different team without him.
Written by Robert Toole