Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is a major doubt for Sunday’s derby with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Belgian picked up a hamstring injury during City’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Monday.
And Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Kompany would have to be assessed tomorrow to determine whether he is fit enough, according to Mirror Online.
“We will assess Kompany tomorrow,” said Pellegrini. “He could finish the last game. He worked this week in a normal way.
“But we will see tomorrow if he can play or not. It is always better to play with Kompany, but we have a squad [to cope if he is not fit].”
As well as the potential absence of Kompany, Pellegrini will also have to contend with injuries to striking duo Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic, a particularly worrying development given the lacklustre displays of both Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero against Palace.
Despite City’s recent run of poor form and slip down the league places into fourth place, the City boss still insists his side aren’t ‘in a mess’ heading into the derby.
“2015 has not been a good year for us. Before that, we were the best team playing away from home.
“Never for me is a draw a good result. I understand we are not having the results we need playing away.
“We hope we can continue with the good things we are doing, because we are not in a mess.
“We are not having the results we need and we must improve, but never in my way of thinking is to play for a draw.”
The stats fail to back this up, however, with City losing their last three Premier League away games whilst they’ve taken just 18 points from 36 so far in 2015.