Manchester City have been given a huge injury scare after a scan revealed Vincent Kompany's thigh injury is worse than initially thought.
The City skipper sat out his sides 2-2 draw with QPR last weekend and was also absent for Belgium's friendly victory over Iceland on Wednesday evening.
The problem wasn't expected to keep him out for long, but a scan has shown a small tear, with the Guardian suggesting he could be missing for up to 12 days.
It was Kompany's national team coach, Marc Wilmots, who revealed the extent of the injury having confirmed the defender will miss the weekend Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.
Wilmots is quoted as saying: "The news is bad. told the team it’s a shame but it’s not a problem; there are solutions.”
Kompany will now focus on returning to full fitness for a City side with a string of important fixtures on the horizon.
Next up for the Premier League champions is a visit from Garry Monk's impressive Swansea side on 22nd November.
If the projected 10-12 days recovery time is accurate Kompany will definitely be absent for that fixture, and could face a race against time to prove his fitness for City's crucial Champions League date with Bayern Munich.
Manuel Pellegrini's men know they need to get at least a point from that game if they're to stand any chance of progressing from the group stage, and their task will be doubled should they be without their inspirational skipper.
Should he fail to recover sufficiently by then, City will then be looking at a tough trip to second-placed Southampton to reintroduce the Belgian.
Even with Kompany in the side City have struggled defensively this season, and the skippers likely deputies are a cause for concern.
Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis were given the nod against QPR, with the later netting an unfortunate own goal.
Despite neither man convincing alongside Kompany, Serbian defender Matija Nastasic has found himself left in the cold this season, with Dedryck Boyata seemingly taking the place of fourth-choice central defender.
Kompany becomes the third major absentee for City, following injuries to star attackers David Silva and Edin Dzeko.
Silva has missed the last three matches with a knee injury, though he could be back in contention soon.
Meanwhile the injury which forced Dzeko off just four minutes after coming on in the draw at QPR is likely to keep him out for three weeks.
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