Friday 09 March 2012
Manchester City are awaiting news on an injury to captain Vincent Kompany - but boss Roberto Mancini is hoping to have the defender back within two weeks.
The Belgian limped off 12 minutes into City's 1-0 Europa League last-16 first leg defeat in Portugal against Sporting on Thursday with a calf injury.
And the 25-year-old is likely to miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Swansea, the return leg against Sporting next Thursday and possibly the home match against Chelsea on March 21st.
"I think we will progress in the Europa League"
- Roberto Mancini
Mancini said the loss was a blow but insisted Barclays Premier League leaders City would cope in Kompany's absence.
"We have to wait one or two days to know the exact extent of his injury, but it is a problem with his calf," said the Italian.
"I hope to have Kompany back in 10 days or two weeks, but we have other solutions."
Mancini said he expected City to reach the Europa League quarter-finals despite the first-leg setback against Sporting.
"It will be a different game in Manchester. When we have chances to score, we will score," he said.
The manager added: "Football is strange. We have another game and we have more chances to win the next game and I think we will progress in this competition."