Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of his side's UEFA Champions League Group D clash with CSKA Moscow.
The Belgian international picked up a thigh injury during his side's 3-1 win over Everton two weeks ago, although Kompany was expected to return for this midweek fixture in Moscow.
The 27 year-old is joined on the City sidelines by Martin Demichellis (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring), and the three of them stayed behind whilst the rest of the squad boarded the plane to Russia.
Kompany has been at the heart of City's defence for the last five seasons but has been struggling in this campaign, managing just four of their eight league games so far.
Manuel Pellegrini's side go into the game in Moscow hoping to bounce back after their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the last fixture.
Goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben took City apart at the Etihad Stadium, and Manuel Pellegrini's side know that these back-to-back fixtures against CSKA are crucial if they want to progress to the knockout stages.
Both of these sides are level on three points in Group D, however CSKA have failed to win in five matches in all competitions.
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