Roberto Martinez has insisted Vincent Kompany has not suffered another injury amid fresh fears over his fitness.
The Manchester City captain has bizarrely been called up to the Belgium squad for the international break, but pulled out of their game against the Red Devils feeling unwell.
Inevitably, it was speculated that the centre-back had picked up a knock, confirming Pep Guardiola’s worst fears about him being over-used.
Yet, Martinez confirmed, per Sky Sports:
“There is no injury to Vincent Kompany.
“We did not want to take any risks with him and Kompany did not feel well after the warm-up.
“I want every player to be 100 per cent.”
Belgium will play again on Sunday, this time facing Estonia. This may well have been a wake-up call, however, and it seems hugely unlikely Kompany will start, or Guardiola may be having serious words with Martinez.
City have been able to play Kompany just four times in all competitions, and his absence has been felt as the Sky Blues continue to leak goals.
While the 30-year-old should be able to play in their next Premier League game away to Manchester City on November 19, Guardiola has already accepted he can’t make long-term plans with him in, and it’s probably he’ll have to start thinking about bringing in another defender in January.