Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany for their pivotal Champions League quarter-final second-leg decider against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday (12 April). The injury-plagued Belgian has suffered from persistent calf problems this term, restricting him to just 17 starts in all competitions.
He had already missed seven weeks before an ill-advised attempt at a comeback forced him off after just nine minutes of a substitute cameo against Sunderland on Boxing Day, and did not play again until a costly defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in February. He managed a run of seven consecutive matches in the build-up to a last-16 stalemate with Dynamo Kiev, a match that saw the influential 30-year-old replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.
That latest setback, his 14th calf issue in total since joining City in 2008, was expected to keep Kompany sidelined for a minimum of one month. He subsequently sat out the narrow derby defeat to Manchester United, as well as the away leg at PSG and Premier League victories over Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion. Hopes he could be fit for the return leg appeared to be raised significantly on Monday morning (11 April) when the club confirmed he had returned to first-team training at the City Football Academy, although Manuel Pellegrini insisted he is not ready. Raheem Sterling also remains unavailable due to a groin injury.
"Sterling is still injured and Vincent Kompany is not 100%, it will not be possible for him [to play]," the manager was quoted as saying by City's official website at his pre-match press conference.
Although Kompany remains short of fitness, City will be able to call upon his fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi after Pellegrini revealed that the twisted ankle he suffered against the Baggies will not rule him out of contention. The Argentina international did not join in with training, although David Silva was present and correct following his own ankle complaint. Samir Nasri is no longer eligible for European competition.
"Otamendi twisted his ankle in the last game, he will be okay to play. The most important aspect of this team is to score. The team is prepared to play, if we think we need to draw 0-0... that's not the way we normally play."
PSG go into the game as underdogs having conceded two away goals during last week's draw at the Parc des Princes, and they will be missing both David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi due to suspension. The reigning Ligue 1 champions will be boosted by the return of key midfielder Marco Verratti, who has been named in Laurent Blanc's 24-man travelling squad – alongside fellow doubts Kevin Trapp and Javier Pastore – after missing nine matches with a groin injury sustained in a 4-1 win over Reims on 20 February.