Vincent Kompany was conspicuous only by his absence in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield.
The club captain was expected to make an appearance against the Championship outfit but was not even included in Pep Guardiola’s 18-man squad.
Although the Belgian did feature in the previous round against Crystal Palace, it’s clear he’s had another frustrating setback in his hopes to overcome his long-term injury problems.
Some fans believe it’s only a matter of time before one straw breaks the camel’s back. City have stood by Kompany throughout his problems, but the prospect of him having to retire early isn’t out of the question.
Yet, Guardiola was keen to play down his latest injury.
“Two days ago he (Kompany) felt something in his leg,” the City boss told a post-match press conference after the Huddersfield game.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious. [His injury is] the same as Gael Clichy.”
In truth, though, it’s not the individual injury that is the concern.
The 30-year-old has played just six games in all competitions this season and at times John Stones has not exactly been the ideal replacement.
City may well have to make a decision on their skipper this summer, as it looks unlikely he’s going to play much more of a role in their Premier League run-in.