Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says it is “difficult” to provide an accurate injury update on captain Vincent Kompany.
Kompany has made only 12 appearances this season due to calf injuries, and the Belgian was expected to be out until at least the end of January.
However, Pellegrini now thinks that target date could be optimistic as the player undergoes analysis in an attempt to solve his persistent problem.
The 29-year-old’s current lay-off is his 12th for a calf injury since the start of the title-winning 2011-12 campaign, and his third already this season.
And when asked if he could give an update on Kompany’s progress, Pellegrini admitted it is “difficult” to provide an accurate return date.
Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton tomorrow, Pellegrini said: “Not in this moment.
“It is difficult because Vincent is doing a lot of different things to try to understand and to find the reasons for so many injuries.
“At this moment it is difficult to tell you an update about that. Vincent maybe not so soon, but for the last part of the season he could be fit.”
City’s Premier League title challenge has suffered in Kompany’s absence. Of the 11 games in which he has not featured, the team have kept just one clean sheet. When he has been on the field, they have only conceded once.
With Eliaquim Mangala also sidelined with a hamstring injury, City are looking short of central defensive options, but Pellegrini has no plans to sign cover during this month’s transfer window.
He said: “We have (Martin) Demichelis, we have (Nicolas) Otamendi, we have Bacary Sagna, who can play in a central defensive position, we have Cameron (Humphreys), who is a young player who featured in pre-season with the squad.
“Mangala will return soon. So, at this moment, we are not thinking about making a change.”