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Vincent Kompany's substitution against Juventus was 'just a precaution'

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Manchester City fans can breathe a sigh of relief after Vincent Kompany confirmed that his calf injury is "not serious", reports BBC Sport.

The City captain was forced off after 75 minutes during Tuesday's home defeat to Italian champions Juventus at the Etihad Stadium - six minutes before Alvaro Morata sealed the Old Lady's win.

The Premier League leaders lost 2-1, suggesting that the past troubles to have blighted City's forays in Europe persist in the new campaign.

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However, a silver lining to come from the game was that Kompany's withdrawal was "just a precaution", with the Belgium international asserting: "I know my body."

The 29-year-old has been enormously influential in the Citizen's impressive domestic start this season. He netted in City's opening-day victory over West Brom and again in their 3-0 demolition of faltering champions Chelsea, and has been the bedrock of a number of strong team performances so far this campaign.

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As a result of Kompany's return to form, alongside his rampant team-mates, Manuel Pellegrini's side have recorded a 100% start after five games, without conceding even a single goal.

The most recent victory, a hard-fought 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, saw the talismanic Sergio Aguero take a knock, suggesting that their title assault faces threat only from their ability to keep key players fit, rather than their title rivals.

City's strong domestic start should put into perspective their disappointment against Juventus, where a narrow defeat to last year's beaten finalists should be no crying shame. This is especially so given that City will have time to put right the defeat when they travel to Turin before Christmas.

Kompany advocated this notion: "There was actually nothing wrong with our [City's] performance".

And while the centre-back has a point - defensively they were reasonably solid - City were forced to rue a collection of gaping chances that could have put the game to bed as early as the second half.

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