Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a thigh strain, forcing him to miss crucial Premier League and European fixtures. The City defender limped out of his side's 3-1 victory against Everton on Saturday, and a scan has confirmed fears of another frustrating lay-off.
It means City will lose the Belgian centre-half for their Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow, as well as the return game with the Russians, ties which may decide whether they reach the last 16 of the tournament. If the initial diagnosis is correct, Kompany will also have to sit out City's visit to Chelsea on Oct 27.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be cursing the loss of his leader, whose absence for much of last season was regarded as crucial in the club's failure to retain their title. Kompany sustained a groin strain in August, hobbling out of the -opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.
Although he will miss Belgium's finale to their qualifying campaign, there is more encouraging injury news for his countrymen Marouane Fellaini and Christian Benteke, who have been declared fit to face Croatia and Wales over the next week.