Vincent Kompany ruled out of his OWN testimonial with injury and says ‘it’s typical me’ – The Sun
VINCENT KOMPANY has had to drop out of his OWN testimonial because of injury, the Manchester City hero has confirmed.
As the Belgian heads towards the end of a playing career in which he battled a number of knocks, even he admits it is a rather typical way to mark his City stay.
Wednesday sees Kompany's select XI made up of former teammates take on a Premier League legends side at Etihad Stadium.
And a hamstring injury will keep the Anderlecht player-manager on the sidelines.
Kompany confirmed: "Unfortunately no I won’t be starting or playing but it is typical of me, I am usually there for the end of the season.
"I have got a slight hamstring injury so I couldn’t risk it but plenty of awesome players to be watching and it is about a celebration.
"To say goodbye it doesn’t have to be on the pitch. We are doing it for an unbelievable cause. I will be there for David Silva's testimonial.
"I have had a lot of injures and a lot of comebacks.
"For me not to play… the irony has not escaped anyone. I was always fighting my own battles."
Fans were quick to joke with Kompany about how typical his absence is.
Calf problems kept the centre-back out of large portions of the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons while Pep Guardiola admitted that Kompany's struggles to stay fit contributed to the club's decision to release him.
In total, he missed a massive 152 games because of injury during his 11-year stay.
Twitter user Lee wrote online: "He should do what us amateurs do when injured… play in goal!"
Michael deemed how it: "Only seems fitting."
Rory joked: "That's like calling in sick on a day off."
Kompany's City legends team will feature the likes of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nigel de Jong, Stephen Ireland, Didi Hamann, James Milner and Mario Balotelli.
They will face a Prem selection containing Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry.
And another man absent from proceedings will be Yaya Toure, who is currently playing for Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai.
Kompany noted: "Of course I asked Yaya but he's in China at the moment and his club are very serious about going up and he said he couldn't make it.”
All money raised will go to local homeless charity TACKLE4MCR – which Kompany helped to launch earlier this year.
He said: "We are specifically dealing with homelessness in Greater Manchester and you can’t have a successful project without having the red side involved.
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was involved in the first half when we did the fundraising and it is a credit to them and the club.
"We have our differences but if we can come together for these kind of events, we make the city stronger.
"The blue side has helped with the regeneration and together we can do more. I am sure Neville expects to be booed every time he is on the ball."
Kompany said he has been desperate to give something back to the City – after living there for over a decade.
He went on: "The very first time I set foot in Manchester was first to meet my wife Carla, I loved the place, a friendly place.
"Then when I signed for City it was clear it was a place for me to be successful."
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