Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that Vincent Kompany is not guaranteed to start the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Kompany hasn’t started for City in a month as he has been recovering from a calf injury and his manager feels that Eliquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi have been performing admirably in the skipper’s absence.
The Belgian defender came on as a late substitute during City’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Wednesday and, after being an unused substitute against Bournemouth last week, will be looking to the derby for his return.
When asked about Kompany, Pellegrini said: “We have a lot of different things to think about for the next game. Vincent is coming back from a long injury – he has been out for one month.
“There was a risk to give him the responsibility to play this important game [vs Sevilla]. I try to pick the team every week that at this moment are ready or better to play.”
Manchester United will already be boosted by the knowledge that both Sergio Aguero and David Silva will be unavailable for the crucial fixture and will be buoyed even further if Kompany does not make it. The defender has been a thorn in Man United’s side in recent years and if he is unable to start, it could give the hosts a huge advantage.
United will, however, want to remain focused on their side ahead of such a critical game. A win could see them leapfrog City, as they currently lie just two points behind them in the Premier League, and whether Kompany starts or not, United will know they will have their work cut out for them.