It's pretty much universally accepted that Manchester City are a significantly better side when they have Vincent Kompany available and regularly in their starting XI.
The inspirational Belgian joined the club from German outfit Hamburg way back in 2008 as a defensive midfielder, before dropping back to defence and going on to establish himself as one of, if not, the most dominant centre-back in European football.
In recent years, however, the biggest problem for City's skipper has been keeping fit and staying clear of injuries for a prolonged period of time - and sadly for the 30-year-old, the final years of his career could prove very difficult.
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Kompany's place in Man City history is assured, having captained the club to two Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and, in general, leading them with pride throughout their most successful spell.
However, injuries have taken a serious toll on his body, he's finding it increasingly difficult to keep fit, and now, exactly how much football the central defender has missed as result of all his injury problems has emerged.
Kompany's ridiculous injury problems
Kompany has played just three times since Pep Guardiola moved to the Etihad, and earlier this week, the 45-year-old Spaniard confirmed that his captain will be out for the next four to six weeks after suffering knee ligament damage at Crystal Palace.
By the time he returns, which will probably be in early 2017, Kompany will have missed a whopping 100 matches as a consequence of his 35 different injuries. To put that into context, that's the equivalent of missing two and a half years of football.
Will Kompany ever get back to his best?
At his very best, Kompany is an aggressive, mobile centre-half with pace, power, quality on the ball, strong positioning and excellent anticipation skills - but whether or not he will ever get back to those levels remains to be seen.
The 2011-12 Premier League Player of the Season is a leader of men, both on and off the pitch, and there is no doubt that he will continue fighting and doing all he can to make a full recovery from his numerous injury issues.
That said, the City stalwart is 30, and the sad likelihood is that, as he gets older, these issues are only going to worsen.
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