You’ve really gotta feel for Vincent Kompany.
Manchester City’s captain is still regarded as one of the finest centre-backs in the Premier League, but these days you mainly associate him with his string of unfortunate injuries.
The 31-year-old has suffered a grand total of 18 separate injuries since joining City in 2009 – particularly to his hamstring, calf and groin.
And it looks like we can add to that tally, after he limped off in City’s clash against Newcastle this evening – with just 10 minutes on the clock.
The Belgian was visibly distraught as he headed towards the dugout, with what appears to be a muscle injury of some sort.
Strangely enough, Gabriel Jesus was the guy to replace him – so spare a thought for Eliaquim Mangala on the bench, who Pep Guardiola clearly has no faith in whatsoever.
Fans on social media were quick to point out the irony that this has happened on the very same night Liverpool agreed a £75 million deal with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk – a defender City were reportedly very interested in.
With Kompany’s latest injury and John Stones also on the sidelines, Guardiola will almost surely be in the market for a new defender in January.
Suddenly, £75m for van Dijk looks pretty good, doesn’t it?