Another Man City match, another Vincent Kompany injury. Some things never change, eh.
Well, that might be slightly harsh, but the Citizens captain has certainly had a torrid time with injuries in recent seasons and tonight’s match with Dynamo Kiev was no different.
Skippering his side against the Ukrainians in the Champions League last-16 second-leg, the Belgian powerhouse went down clutching his calf after just five minutes, and had to be replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.
It was frustration rather than pain that was etched across Konpany’s face, as the 29-year-old went through what is becoming an all too familiar routine of hobbling off to the sidelines.
City lead Kiev 3-1 from the first-leg in Ukraine, so they should be OK this evening, but Sunday’s Manchester derby against United suddenly fired to the forefront of every fan of the club’s mind as Kompany was replaced.
There’s no doubting Manuel Pellegrini’s team are weaker without him, and supporters know it:
Kompany is hurt so much.. He was out like half this season & he's injured again..
— VIBE (@JustZack218) March 15, 2016
Kompany Gone, we doomed
— Mizzy (@MizzyMCFC) March 15, 2016
Live pictures from the emptyhad.. Vincent kompany looks in a bad way for the Manchester Derby this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/IDMHi668Jw
— BAKERMUFC (@BAKERMUFC1999) March 15, 2016
Can't help but feel sorry for V Kompany
— Steve J-Robertson (@Jones_Robertson) March 15, 2016
If you want to know how it feels to live without a leader, just watch Man City without Vincent Kompany.
— Mallam Adamu Hayatu™ (@AHayatu) March 15, 2016
Vincent Kompany hasn't got hamstrings so much as he's got cheesestrings, it rather seems.
— Ian King (@twoht) March 15, 2016
Gutted about Kompany.. Had to be just before the Derby too
— Danny Prosser (@DannyProsser92) March 15, 2016
— Santy (@SantyyyRuiz) March 15, 2016
Kompany injured again? But that's so 2015. No wait, 2014. No wait, 2013. #mcfc
— Tom Nightingale (@tdnightingale) March 15, 2016
Kompany hurt ? pic.twitter.com/qUBykWWGBw
— Samuel Johnson (@Cdstt5Samuel) March 15, 2016
When you hear Vincent Kompany is probably out of Sunday's Manchester derby… pic.twitter.com/dTvJeh2iCW
— BetBright (@BetBright) March 15, 2016
— Matt Vieceli (@mvcb4) March 15, 2016
Kompany has had 14! Calf injuries in 7 years that's crazy!!
— Dale Cooper (@dale7cooper) March 15, 2016
City should kidnap Kompany in May and hold him hostage until Belgium are out of Euro 2016.
— Jonathan Haggart (@jonathanhaggart) March 15, 2016
Vincent Kompany in the dressing room https://t.co/Al6XdZyU81
— Mohamed Osama (@Mohamed_0sama) March 15, 2016
To joe at 20:00 kompany may have the character to come back stronger but I don't think he has the calves to #bbcfootball
— Ginga (@moltresjr) March 15, 2016