Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has refused to put a timescale on returning to first-team action as he recovers from a groin injury, but is optimistic of a quick comeback.
Kompany pulled up with a groin problem in City’s opening Premier League game against Newcastle United, with an initial prognosis ruling him out for at least three weeks.
City went with a centre-half pairing of Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia in his absence at Cardiff City last weekend, but slipped to their first defeat under Manuel Pellegrini in a 3-2 loss.
Kompany has conceded that he is likely to miss Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland next weekend, but denied that a new groin injury has any link to persistent problems that saw him restricted to 24 Premier League appearances last season.
He told the club’s official website: "I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that. I’ve been here before and I’m going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible.
"There are worse things that can happen but the only disappointment is that the season began so positively for me and everything went really well during pre-season. There is a protocol to follow with any injury and there is a time scale that goes with that. If I follow that schedule, I know when I’ll be back in a certain amount of weeks and possibly sooner.
"It is a freak injury that has nothing to do with the previous problems, it can happen, but I know when I return I’ll be absolutely fine."
City will be without their skipper once again this weekend when Hull City visit the Etihad Stadium, with Garcia, Lescott and Micah Richards all hoping to deputise.
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