In a cruel yet comical twist of fate, Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany will be unavailable for his own testimonial tonight due to the 33-year-old picking up an injury.
The Belgian powerhouse spent over a decade with the Citizens and was due to take the field at the Etihad tonight as a Manchester City legends side takes on a Premier League All-stars XI, but the injury curse has once again struck with the four-time Premier League winner unable to take part due to a ‘slight hamstring injury’.
Kompany departed Manchester to return to his homeland with Anderlecht after a storied career in England over the summer, with the centre-back’s latter years being severely hampered through a variety of different injuries.
The ironic nature of the development was not lost on Kompany after the Belgian revealed the unfortunate news of his non-participation (via The Express): “Unfortunately no, I won’t be starting tonight or playing.
“It’s typical of me, I’ve got a slight hamstring injury so I couldn’t risk it tonight but there’s a lot of awesome players.
“It’s a celebration to say goodbye and I don’t have to be on the pitch. It’s for an unbelievable cause.
“For me not to play because of an injury … the irony hasn’t escaped anyone!”
The money raised from the testimonial will go towards Tackle4MCR – a foundation set up to tackle homelessness and people sleeping in rough conditions in the North-West region.
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