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Manchester City’s hopes of having Vincent Kompany back for the Premier League clash against Tottenham have been dashed after he was ruled out for another three weeks due to thigh strain.
The influential central defender has already missed Man City‘s last seven matches having picked up the problem during last month’s 3-1 win against Everton at the Etihad Stadium.
Kompany was expected to be out for just three weeks, but has already missed five weeks of action, and while City boss Manuel Pellegrini had hoped to have him back for the home game against Spurs following the international break, the Belgian FA’s physio Lieven Messchalck has ruled out the possibility of that happening.
Messchalck was sent to assess Kompany because of the variety of muscle injuries which have hampered him over the past 12 months and he expects him to be out until the end of November.
“I think Vincent is going to be ready in several weeks,” Messchalck told Sky Sports News. “We will do everything we can to bring back Vincent in a good way for a long time.
“First of all he had a rupture, a tear into the abductor and then also he has bad luck with a small thing on the front side now, so it’s everything together.
“It’s not really so long, eight weeks is nothing in the time of injury, and you must respect biology.”