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Manchester City hit by Kompany blow after Cup win

Published on Jan 27, 2013 6:12 AM
Manchester City's English defender Joleon Lescott (R) tackles Stoke City's English striker Cameron Jerome during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Stoke City and Manchester City at The Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, England on January 26, 2013. Manchester City won 1-0. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the Premier League champions' crucial trip to QPR on Tuesday after suffering a calf injury during his team's 1-0 win at Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Kompany was forced off after 33 minutes at the Britannia Stadium and City's assistant manager David Platt confirmed the Belgian centre-back faces a spell on the sidelines.

His absence is a major blow for City manager Roberto Mancini, who has already lost Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure for several weeks on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

"He (Kompany) has pulled his calf. We won't know how bad it is until the morning but there won't be any chance of Tuesday," Platt.

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