Vincent Kompany expected to be ruled out of Aston Villa trip

Vincent Kompany
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is unlikely to be fit for the club's trip to Aston Villa on Monday, according to Roberto Mancini.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that captain Vincent Kompany is unlikely to be fit in time to face Aston Villa on Monday.

The Belgium international, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of January, is working towards a return to action against Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend.

"Vinny is getting better in this moment," Sky Sports News quotes Mancini as saying. "We hope we can recover him for the next game.

"We try for Aston Villa for Monday but it is difficult because he did not train with the team, he trained with the physio. We hope for the FA Cup on March 9.

"The calf is a difficult injury because you think you are OK and then you have a problem. The calf is a strange injury."

City remain 12 points adrift of Manchester United in the Premier League table.

City boss Roberto Mancini in the dugout against Sunderland on Boxing Day 2012
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