Monday, 13 July 2009

VK injured

Our first bad injury news of the 2009/10 season: that Vincent Kompany's long-standing toe problem has not healed over the summer, and that he is to have an operation to solve it:

The City boss, who puts a high value on his versatile capture from Hamburg, admitted: "The likelihood is that he will need a procedure. If he has to have an operation Vincent will miss the start of the season.

"We sent him to a consultant surgeon at the end of last season and he recommended injecting the toe and giving him six weeks' complete rest, but he was suffering the same amount of pain again in training in Germany.

"He's been back to see the surgeon now. We hoped the rest would cure it but it's a bit more complex than that. It's important that we address it now and make sure Vince is fit for the rest of the season."

This is bad news for Kompany, particularly given that he was due to struggle to get into the team this season anyway. Hughes' insistence on taking a more radical approach to transfers this summer than many expected has really limited Kompany's opportunities. Introducing Barry in midfield means that Kompany is probably competing with Nigel de Jong and Pablo Zabaleta for the holding role, while news that Hughes wants to bring in two centre-halves means that Kompany will be competing with Nedum Onuoha for the role of back up centre back. Even with a painless toe, things aren't looking great for Vinnie at the moment.

1 comment:

trinder said...

I don't think Kompany will struggle to play this season once he's back from this injury. Away from home, where I'm sure we'll play two defensive midfielders, he'll be alongside Barry. Zabaleta and De Jong face more of struggle to play regularly.