Manchester City injury woes worsen but Chelsea man to benefit

Vincent Kompany has confirmed that he will miss the Euros in another injury blow that will have a massive impact for his country, but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looks set to benefit from his absence.

Speaking on his Facebook page, Kompany said “I’ll miss the Euros. To me that’s very sad news.

“So 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 remain calm and positive. I will continue to follow my path and I will do so with more conviction than ever.

“I trust my friends and team- mates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France.

MADRID, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Pepe of Real Madrid checks on the injured Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MADRID, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Pepe of Real Madrid checks on the injured Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them.

“Written from my hospital bed. Never giving up.”

The captain of his club and country, the 70-times-capped 30-year-old has only featured in 22 of City’s 57 matches this season.

MADRID, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City leaves the field after suffering from an injury during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MADRID, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City leaves the field after suffering from an injury during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In his absence in France, it is expected that Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots, will hand the armband to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL
Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL

Players named that could replace Kompany in the Belgium squad include Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata, Club Bruges’ Bjorn Engels, and Laurent Ciman who plays with Montreal Impact.

With games against Sweden, Italy and the Republic of Ireland to come in the group stages, Kompany’s talent and experience will be sorely missed by his country, just as they have been by his club this season.

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon with their Champions League participation for next season hanging in the balance with neighbours Manchester United breathing down their neck after their 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.