The increasingly injury-plagued Belgian defender could not make it through the first half of his side’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace after a collision with Claudio Bravo.
Vincent Kompany has suffered yet another injury setback during Manchester City’s game at Crystal Palace.
Kompany was a somewhat surprise inclusion in Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup given his ongoing injury problems, the latest of which came when he pulled out of Belgium’s friendly against the Netherlands just over a week before.
But his afternoon lasted just 37 minutes as he limped from the field 10 minutes after a nasty collision with City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Kompany was kicked in the face but also landed awkwardly, with his knee bent under his body.
After receiving treatment for several minutes he initially appeared able to carry on but, after disputing a number of aerial duels, he slumped to the ground and was eventually replaced by Pablo Zabaleta.
It is the latest in a long line of problems for Kompany, who has missed the best part of the last 14 months through various muscle injuries.
Guardiola hinted on Friday that the Belgian’s most serious problem was more mental than physical, given that he had pulled out of the game at Barcelona’s Camp Nou in October, as well as his country’s recent friendly.
“I spoke to Roberto Martinez, the Belgium national coach, on that,” Guardiola told reporters. “Vincent was ready to play the first game but he did not feel so comfortable so that is why Vincent decided not to play that game.
“He came back. He is training good, [on Friday] as well. We are working on him being free in his mind; the muscular issue is much better. He is close to helping us and we are working on recovering the best Vincent as possible.
“Let me think about it. Let me think about it. He can start. Let me think about it.”