Manchester City’s hope for reaching the Champions League semi-finals could be hampered following recent news that its captain, Vincent Kompany will be missing the tie against Paris St-Germain due to health challenges.
The Belgian professional footballer who has not yet appeared for any match ever since he injured his calf last month, was reportedly absent at last week’s first leg in Paris, which saw City score two valuable away goals in a 2-2 draw.
Man City’s Captain Kompany was able to train with the rest of the squad on Monday morning after which the manager, Manuel Pellegrini, said it was “impossible” for the team’s captain to be involved against the French champions.
Pellegrini however noted that Nicolas Otamendi who missed training because of a twisted ankle, will instead be available to partner Eliaquim Mangala in the heart of defense.
Nicolas Otamendi got his ankle twisted on Saturday’s 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion where he landed awkwardly while jumping for a corner.
“Nico twisted his ankle in the last game,” said the Chilean. “He has some pain, but it’s not dangerous.”
Nevertheless, Kompany’s absence,will cost the team a lot as the team is still faced with defensive issues when he was missing. The manager said on Saturday that Kompany was “touch and go”, having been out for almost a month with his fourth calf injury this season, but his latest prognosis was that the player was “not 100%” and it was too risky to involve him.
‘I always talk with the player. If he’s ready he will want to play’ Pellegrini added.
Man city bidding to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time, while French champions PSG graced the last four once in 1995.
However, Pellegrini is still faced with the decision of whether to gamble with Otamendi’s fitness or recall Martín Demichelis for the first time since his traumatic appearance in the Manchester derby.
At that time, he had a difficult time with Marcus Rashford a player with experience of playing in World Cup and Champions League finals who was substituted early in the second half.
Playmaker David Silva, who missed the West Brom game with an ankle problem, is also available, but Raheem Sterling remains absent with a groin injury and Samir Nasri is ineligible.
After its 2-2 draw in Paris, City approach the second leg in a position of strength and Pellegrini offered his support to the team’s much-criticized defense.
“We have to trust the squad. We are always talking, seeing and working with all the defenders. Maybe they made some mistakes in the last game against PSG but I trust they will play in the level that means they can do it,” he said.