Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that Vincent Kompany could struggle with injury throughout the entire campaign, Mirror reports.
The 29-year-old is constantly being sidelined due to a calf problem, with the club unable to confirm a specific return date at the moment.
His injury has dealt a huge blow to City given that his side have kept seven clean sheets from 12 with Kompany present while keeping only two from 19 without their star centre-back.
Pellegrini admitted that he cannot provide an update on his condition at this time, but expects the Belgium international to be sidelined for at least another month as he monitors his situation.
“It’s difficult for me to give you an update about Vincent,” he said.
“I don’t think that he will be ready before a month.
“It’s impossible for a lot of different things, but we are trying to do what we can to recover him as soon as we can. I repeat, it will be difficult. At least, I don’t think that before two or three weeks he can be ready.”
Apart from the injury to their captain, the Manchester club are also without centre-back Eliaquim Mangala while summer signing Nicolas Otamendi only recently recovered from a knock.
City will host Everton tonight before playing Crystal Palace in the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures this coming weekend.