Vincent Kompany will miss Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Monaco on Tuesday night with a leg injury.
The Belgian will sit out the first leg, whilst left-back Gael Clichy’s back problem means that he is also a doubt.
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“He [Kompany] is not ready for [the Monaco match]. It will not be longer, hopefully,” manager Pep Guardiola told City’s official website.
“Clichy had a problem in the back, it is much better. I don’t know if he will be ready.”
The Spanish boss is hopeful that Kompany will return for the FA Cup replay against Huddersfield next week, have appeared only six times during an injury-ravaged season.
The captain was expected to face the Terriers on Saturday, but a muscular issue picked up in training ruled him out of the disappointing 0-0 draw.
Meanwhile, striker Gabriel Jesus is out for two to three months with a broken metatarsal, so Sergio Aguero is expected to lead the line against the Ligue 1 leaders.
Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined with a serious knee injury that will keep him out of contention until the early part of the 2017-18 campaign.
Monaco topped Group E to reach this stage of the competition and have already overcome Premier League opposition in Tottenham Hotspur, who they beat both home and away.
This is far from a straightforward draw for City against the free-scoring French outfit, who have bagged an average of nearly three goals per game in their domestic league so far this term.