In spite of progressing through to the next round of the EFL Cup, Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany walked off down the tunnel after Swansea’s conciliation goal.
City boss, Pep Guardiola said, “The doctors are speaking with him and seeing what’s up. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We’re going to wait for the results from the doctors.”
Guardiola also said, “(his performance) was good. It’s not easy after a long, long time without playing. Defensively, he was so strong – he played really good. Once they scored the goal, after I said: ‘What happened?’ they said that Vincent had gone to the locker room. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We will have to wait. If he’s injured, he’s injured. He cannot stay on the pitch.”
Kompany’s recurring injury problems started in the 2012/2013 season against Manchester United.
The City skipper has a long history of injuries; since 2013 he has missed 65 games due to injuries to his calf, groin and hamstring.
More recently, in the past two seasons, City’s title challenges have broken down in the absence of City’s influential skipper with City finishing 2nd and 4th in the last two seasons.
The poor form of Eliaquim Mangala, Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi was not enough to keep city on track and whenever Kompany went off injured, City fans feared the worst!
However, so far this season City have won nine games from nine, with Kompany missing the first eight. With new signing John Stones, the return to form of Otamendi and the resurgence of Aleksandar Kolarov as a makeshift ball playing centre back for the blues, City’s Kompany woes have been eased significantly, yet City look much more solid at the back with their captain in the side.
He showed against Swansea that his reading of the game is second to none, breaking down several Swansea attacks.
Kompany has blossomed into one of the best centre backs in the Premier League, with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville putting him in his all time foreign eleven alongside Nemanja Vidic.
The Belgian has won two Premier League titles, two Capital One Cups, one FA Cup and one Charity Shield in his time at City. He has been voted into the PFA Team of the year on three occasions; in 2011, 2012 2014.
Furthermore in 2012, Kompany won the Barclays Premier League player of the year award. As well as being in the European Sports media team in 2012, Kompany has also been nominated for the FIFAPRO Team of the year on several occasions, but has never made the starting squad.
Kompany has been dubbed as one of the best defenders in the world on many occasions.
It is a grand shame his injuries have hindered his playing time, in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, Kompany only featured in 39 league games out of a possible 76.
If Kompany is not able to prove his fitness then the debate opend up of whether or not City should sell their skipper?
A player is only useful on the pitch, and currently Kompany isn’t getting time on pitch due to his persistent injuries to be of any real use to City.
But how much would Kompany be worth? Undoubtedly the best centre back in the Premier League and one of the best in the world when he is fully fit, if David Luiz is worth 30 million in the current market, then Vincent Kompany is worth 50 million at least when he is fit! However the latter is the problem, because what team is going to buy a player who is constantly injured?
In terms of the future of City’s and England’s defence which is John Stones, it would be perfect for him to learn the game alongside Kompany, but with Kompany not seemingly able to put his injuries behind him, it could hinder John Stones’ development.
This article was written by Ben Tipper. Twitter – @bentippetmcfc