Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has lost his fitness battle to line up in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Kompany has been sidelined since suffering the latest calf problem of an injury ravaged season against Dynamo Kiev in the previous round, but returned to training ahead of schedule and played a full part in Monday’s open session in preparation for the Etihad Stadium clash.
City claimed a creditable 2-2 draw in Paris but looked defensively vulnerable for much of the contest, although manager Manuel Pellegrini told a pre-match news conference that he was unwilling to risk his star centre-back for the second leg.
“Vincent Kompany is not 100 per cent fit to it is not possible [for him to play],” Pellegrini said.
The Chilean did offer more encouraging defensive news by declaring Nicolas Otamendi would be available despite twisting his ankle during the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Brom and sitting out training on Monday.
City’s attacking play at the Parc des Princes was far more convincing, as they led through Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho scored a second-half equaliser, and Pellegrini pledged more of the same in the return.
“The most important aspect of this team is to score,” he said. “Do we think we need to draw 0-0? That’s not the way we normally play.
“I don’t think one team is favourites. We went there to try and win the game and tomorrow we’ll do exactly the same.
“It was a very equal game in Paris, when a lot of media thought we had no chance.
“The important thing is to focus on getting to the semi-finals. After that you look at your opponent. We must play with the same trust [as in the first leg].
“If we arrive at the semi-final it will be an important achievement but we won’t be happy just with that, we must continue.”
Playmaker David Silva is expected to line up for City against the Ligue 1 champions after on-going ankle pain ruled him out versus West Brom, a match where Yaya Toure returned from a knee problem to feature as a second-half substitute.
Toure is also in line to make Tuesday’s starting XI but Pellegrini neglected to discuss the midfielder’s long-term future following the latest bout of agitating from his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk, who told the Sunday Mirror he may look to buy his client out of his contract unless his offered an extended three-year deal during the close season.
“I think Yaya is feeling very well,” Pellegrini added. “He’s just thinking about tomorrow and six more league games.”
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