Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany faces another six weeks on the sidelines, according to the Daily Mail.
The Belgian has only managed 15 appearances in all competitions this season as the centre-back struggles with a calf injury.
In his last appearance, Kompany was making his long-awaited return to first-team action on Boxing Day - his first match since the 0-0 against Aston Villa on November. However, the central defender lasted just nine minutes as he limped off shortly after being substituted on.
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The 29-year-old has had an astonishing 13 calf injuries during his time at the Etihad and he visited specialists last week in an attempt to sort out this current problem.
It’s believed that Kompany, who joined the club in 2008, needs three weeks to let his calf recover before he begins running again to build up his fitness levels.
If Kompany is ruled out for six weeks, he’s likely to miss crucial Premier League fixtures against Leicester City, Tottenham, Liverpool as well as a potential Capital One Cup final.
The Citizens have struggled without their influential skipper in the Premier League this campaign having kept only three clean sheets in the 14 matches he’s missed.
They’ve also won just 43% of their matches without Kompany, conceding 21 goals.
In the matches that the defender has played, the club have won 78% of their matches, keeping seven clean sheets, conceding just twice in nine matches.