Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits the club need to get to the bottom of Vincent Kompany’s injury after the defender had to be substituted on his return to action.
City captain Kompany came off the bench in his side’s 4-1 victory over Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium – his first appearance since early November – but had to come off moments later.
When asked whether it was a recurrance of the Belgian’s calf injury, Pellegrini responded: “Yes, it is a calf. Nobody understands. He had a good warm up, he was working during the week with normality.
“It is difficult to understand. The most important thing is to understand why this happens. That is the most important to focus on now.”
Kompany’s injury somewhat spoiled a match in which City dominated throughout.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony had put the hosts 3-0 up with only 23 minutes played, before Kevin de Bruyne added a fourth in the second half.
“I don’t think the score reflected the difference between the two teams,” Pellegrini added.
“I am happy that the performance was very good, we played attacking football, and I am happy with the individual performances. The only pity was Vincent Kompany’s injury.
“The team performance was the most important. I saw we were returning to our normal performance as a team. It is important to continue. We have just finished the first round of fixtures.
“Next we have to play against Leicester. Nobody wins the title in December, but it doesn’t mean it will be easy to beat Leicester. In the second half of the season we have to play teams around us. It is important to try to continue with this kind of performance.”