Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that Vincent Kompany could be out of action for a month with a calf injury, thereby ruling the defender out of Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Manchester United.

The Belgian international, who picked up the injury during his side’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg clash last night, missed a considerable part of the present campaign with a similar injury.

And Pellegrini conceded that although Kompany will undergo tests today to determine the extent of the injury, he feels the centre-back will be sidelined for a month.

The manager further added that Nicolas Otamendi also picked up a knock against Dynamo Kyiv, but the 62-year-old expects the Argentine to feature in the Manchester derby at the weekend.

“Vincent unfortunately again has a muscle injury in his calf, the same one he has had before”, Pellegrini told the club’s official site.


“We will know tomorrow how important the injury is. Always with muscle injuries it means one month.

“He must be very strong mentally because he has to accept that there is nothing anybody can do immediately.

“Nicolas Otamendi received a kick and in just a couple days he could recover, we will see the way it develops.”

Manchester City, who qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history, are currently fourth in the Premier League table.