Vincent Kompany struggling to be fit for Man City’s trip to Aston Villa
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his captain Vincent Kompany is a doubt for their trip to Aston Villa on Monday night
Vincent Kompany is facing a battle to be fit for Manchester City’s trip to Aston Villa on Monday night, Roberto Mancini has revealed.
The Belgium international is struggling with a niggling calf injury which has left the centre-half sidelined for the past month.
“Vinnie is getting better in this moment. We hope we can recover him for the next game,” said Mancini.
“We try for Aston Villa for Monday but it is difficult because he did not train with the team, he trained with the physio.”
With Aston Villa battling for survival, Mancini admitted the Citizens face a difficult task against Paul Lambert’s side.
But the Italian refused to admit City’s title bid would be over if Manchester United are victorious against Norwich City and the defending champions fail to beat Villa.
“Every game will be like this,” he added.
“If we don’t win and they [United] continue to win, always. When you are 12 points behind it is normal that if you don’t lose or don’t win and Manchester United win the next game it will be difficult.
“We should try to win always. It doesn’t change our ways: 11 games to play, 33 points [available], everything is possible.”
He continued: “Last time we won the title with six games to go, eight points [behind]. When we have another 11 games it is impossible [to give up].
“We should do our best from now to the end and after we will see what happens.”