Manchester City could be sweating on their Champions League hopes with four first team regulars out of Sunday’s game against Arsenal.
The Citizens could still be caught by rivals Manchester United in the race for Premier League football and defeat to Arsenal this weekend would mean they will have to settle for fourth place and, at best, face a play-off at the start of next season to reach the Champions League group stage.
It’s a blow, then, to head into the game without three regular defenders and David Silva.
The Spanish playmaker and captain Vincent Kompany would be guaranteed a start if fit while Aleksandr Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta would have a chance of featuring. Now, Pellegrini will have no choice but to start Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna at fullback.
“For the moment, we need to process a couple of players tomorrow but Pablo, Vincent, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are all out,” Pellegrini confirmed on Friday.
Kompany started City’s Champions League semi-final second leg in Madrid on Wednesday but was forced off after just 10 minutes.
It was a fourth injury of the campaign for the Belgian defender and there are serious concerns surrounding his future. At 30 his best years, at least physically, aren’t supposed to be ahead of him.
“We don’t have the medical examination on Vincent – he’s with the doctor. On Monday we will know.
“For Vincent it’s an issue for the future – we must talk with the doctor, with the player, with the people who will be in charge of City next year. It’s a medical issue.
“Every time he was in the XI he was fit to play, 100%. You can be sure of that.”
That doesn’t bode well for next season and City may wonder how crucial Kompany is with Pep Guardiola looking to leave his own mark on the squad.by