Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury.
Kompany lasted just 35 minutes on his latest return from injury against Crystal Palace last weekend before being forced off with blurred vision having collided with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
However, Guardiola revealed earlier this week that the Belgian had sustained a separate knee injury too, and the Spaniard has now confirmed that it will keep his captain out for at least a month.
The 30-year-old has been limited to just 115 minutes of Premier League action so far this season having once again been dogged by injuries.
Kompany’s latest absence could see him miss the entire festive period, including games against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
It leaves City with just two out-and-out center backs — John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi — for a busy next month, although Guardiola suggested he would not be dipping into the transfer market in January as he has possible central-defensive cover in Fernandinho and Bacary Sagna.
One player who won’t be featuring at center back is Yaya Toure, who played in that position for Barcelona under Guardiola in the 2009 Champions League final against Manchester United. Barcelona won 2-0.
Toure is back in favor at City after missing the first three months of the season because Guardiola was unhappy with comments by the midfielder’s agent. Guardiola said Toure will continue to play in a “more offensive” position.
City visits Burnley in the league on Saturday.