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Vincent Kompany to miss start of 2016/17 season

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss the start of next season, according to a Belgian physio who has examined him.

Kompany suffered the injury during City's Champions League defeat in Madrid. Credit: PA

The Belgium defender limped out of City's Champions League loss at Real Madrid after just 10 minutes with a thigh injury in midweek and has already been ruled out of Euro 2016.

Now, according to Lieven Maesschalck, a former Belgium national team physio who is reportedly close to Kompany, the 30-year-old could be sidelined for four months.

That would rule him out until September and see him miss the start of Pep Guardiola's reign as City manager.

As yet there has been no confirmation from the club regarding the extent of the injury with the previous update coming from the player himself.

Maesschalck told Belgium's Radio 1: "I saw Kompany on Thursday. It was very clear - he has a complete tear of the slender thigh muscle. He has been operated on yesterday and it will take about four months to get match-fit again."

Vicent Kompany to miss Euro 2016 through injury

Kompany suffered the injury in Madrid this week. Credit: PA

Belgium and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said he will miss Euro 2016 with a thigh injury sustained against Real Madrid earlier this week.

Kompany lasted only a few minutes of City's Champions League semi-final second leg in Madrid on Wednesday before he went down with a thigh problem and was forced off.

It was the latest in a line of frustrating muscle injuries for Kompany, who missed large parts of City's stuttering season with calf problems.

On Saturday night, he wrote on his Facebook page:

I'll miss the Euros. To me that's very sad news. I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up.

That is not me. I decide on my future.

– Man City captain Vincent Kompany

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Man City unsure over latest Kompany injury

Vincent Kompany won't play again this season. Credit: PA

Manchester City are still waiting to learn the full extent of captain Vincent Kompany's latest injury.

The Belgium defender limped out of City's Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu after just 10 minutes in midweek.

It seems the 30-year-old's season could have been ended by the groin problem - the 33rd injury of his eight-year City career - and Belgium could also be concerned ahead of Euro 2016.

We don't have yet the medical examinations so we don't know exactly in this moment. He is with the doctor making some exams. Probably on Monday we will know."

Every time he was in the starting XI it was because he was fully fit to play - you can be absolutely sure (of that).

The other reasons he couldn't play the full game is more of a medical answer.

– Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini: Man City didn't deserve to go out

Manuel Pellegrini has managed his last City game in Europe. Credit: PA

Manuel Pellegrini bemoaned Manchester City's luck after a deflected Gareth Bale strike ended their Champions League dream.

Fernando diverted Bale's shot into his own net after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg at a deafening Bernabeu, sending City crashing to a 1-0 defeat both on the night and on aggregate.

It was no less than the Spanish side deserved after creating a host of chances while City struggled to create any momentum after captain Vincent Kompany - yet again - was forced off injured early in the match.

But City boss Pellegrini did not agree with official statistics that said Real had 15 attempts on goal to his side's four and claimed defeat was harsh on the visitors.

I think we didn't deserve to lose this game. I think Real were very lucky with their goal, or we were very unlucky because it was a deflection that put the ball in the top corner.

None of the teams deserved to win and we should have gone to penalties. It is not that we saw Real Madrid better than us, but with the ball we were not creative enough to damage their defence.

I think we worked very well the whole game, that is why Real couldn't create many chances - but after that we needed creative players who could make the difference in the last third and we couldn't (do it).

I don't think they had 15 attempts. I don't know what the statistics make as attempts.

– Manuel Pellegrini
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