Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the Premier League champions' crucial trip to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday after suffering a calf injury during his team's 1-0 win at Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Kompany was forced off after 33 minutes at the Britannia Stadium and City's assistant manager David Platt confirmed the Belgian centre-back faces a spell on the sidelines. His absence is a major blow for City manager Roberto Mancini, who has already lost Côte d'Ivoire defender Kolo Toure for several weeks on international duty at the CAF African Cup of Nations 2013.
"He (Kompany) has pulled his calf. We won't know how bad it is until the morning but there won't be any chance of Tuesday," said Platt.
Despite Kompany's injury, City moved into the FA Cup fifth round thanks to a late Pablo Zabaleta strike from close range after 85 minutes. Platt was pleased with the way his team wore down their stubborn hosts: "The pleasing thing is we battled hard, defended well and kept another clean sheet. It is pleasing from that perspective and it is also pleasing to go through."