Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany will be out of action for at least one month after picking up a groin injury against Newcastle.
The Belgian had to be substituted towards the end of City's 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday, after he limped off with a groin problem.
City feared the injury could see Kompany ruled out for around a month, news that was confirmed by their new boss earlier today.
"I prefer the doctor has the final word on this but I think he will be out for at least one month," said Pellegrini.
"Today or tomorrow we will know exactly how long Vincent will be out for."
Kompany's injury adds to the defensive woes of the 2012 Premier League champions, with Micah Richards still sidelined and Matija Nastastic only returning to training this week.
This latest setback may force Pellegrini to bring in another centre-back to strengthen his defensive options, with reports claiming a move for Martin Demichelis could be in the pipeline.
However the former Malaga boss claimed that any signing will not be a direct result of the injury to his captain.
"If we do strengthen [at centre back] it will not just be because of Vincent Kompany’s injury. We have a very good squad and we see what happens."
City travel to Cardiff this weekend, as they look to make it two wins from two against the Premier League new boys on Saturday.
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