Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

Man City boss Pellegrini confident Kompany will play again this season

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany walks off injured during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium Manchester
Benjamin Gardner | 08 January, 2016, 17:42

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has said defender and captain, Vincent Kompany will be out for a month due to a calf injury.

Kompany lasted just nine minutes against Sunderland on Boxing Day when he returned from his previous lay-off due to calf injury.

At the halfway point of the season City are third with 36 points, three behind Leicester - with whom they drew on Tuesday - and the leaders, Arsenal.

"I am not a doctor but normally with a muscle injury less than three or four weeks is very hard, especially on the calf".

Manchester City are without a win in six Premier League away games but boss Manuel Pellegrini will take heart from a dominant performance before half-time.

"One of the good things about tonight is that we kept a clean sheet after many games without". We have 39 points and now I want to see how we can achieve the other 39 or 40 points.

The Cherries have pulled three-points clear of the Premier League drop-zone as a outcome and face a Leicester side who they held to a 1-1 draw when the sides met at Dean Court back in August. "I think we also played very well against Leicester. Maybe we have to finish a little bit more but I think we are in the correct way".

He added: "If we didn't win the last games that we play away, it is because we must improve". A lot of differences than last season and now there is a positive mentality to try and win against everybody.

When City won the title in 2012, both they and Manchester United had 45 points after 19 games.

"Of course we are in a good position. Accept the situation, be confident to transmit to the players you are a good professional, so you can keep focus on the team and for sure Pellegrini now is thinking about winning the Premier League".

Morgan went on to explain how City's perceptions haven't changed, despite them sitting joint top of the Premier League heading into 2016. We were very solid and defended well against a hard team.

"I love Pellegrini. He is a gentleman and is always confident about his work".

But the Italian says his interest is purely selfish as he believes Leicester can continue their high-flying exploits if their bigger rivals get distracted in Europe. I can only say well done to our players and our fans are unbelievable, they support us and they push us.