Kompany update: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City on brink of defensive injury crisis
Vincent Kompany was substituted after 60 minutes (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City cannot rely on Vincent Kompany to remain fit after the centre-back went off during the win over Manchester United.

The last 18 months have been an injury hell for Kompany who has struggled to stay match fit for a sustained period of time.

Kompany returned to full fitness at the end of November, but was substituted after an hour against Manchester United on Sunday.

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It is a worrying sight for City fans and Guardiola issued an injury update on the Belgian after the game.

He said: ‘Kompany is injured. We wait and see.

Kompany update: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City on brink of defensive injury crisis
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Manchester City 2017/18 Fixtures

Swansea City (A) – Wed Dec 13
Tottenham (H) – Sat Dec 16
Leicester City (A) – Tues Dec 19 (EFL Cup)
Bournemouth (H) – Sat Dec 23
Newcastle United (A) – Wed Dec 27
Crystal Palace (A) – Sun Dec 31
Watford (H) – Tues Jan 2

Kompany update: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City on brink of defensive injury crisis
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‘Vinny is always like this and we cannot count on him for a long time.’

City are already without John Stones at the back and with Kompany facing another spell on the sidelines it could mean a defensive crisis for the Premier League leaders.

Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala would be the only two fit senior centre-backs with a hectic Christmas schedule already underway.

Kompany update: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City on brink of defensive injury crisis
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Kompany update: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City on brink of defensive injury crisis
John Stones is already injured (Picture: Getty)

City need to perform over Christmas to maintain their iron grip at the top of the table.

Eleven points separate them and second-place United, but Guardiola’s team cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal just yet.

A defensive injury crisis could prove costly for City who are so far unbeaten in the league this season.

City set a new winning-streak record in the English top flight by claiming their 14th league victory in a row.

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