Football: Kompany optimistic despite bad injury, may be out for fortnight

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (left) walks from the pitch after being injured during his team's 4-0 win over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, Aug 19, 2013. Kompany has reassured fans he expects to be back playing in no time after
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (left) walks from the pitch after being injured during his team's 4-0 win over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, Aug 19, 2013. Kompany has reassured fans he expects to be back playing in no time after injuring himself in his side's opening Premier League football game. -- PHOTO: AP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has reassured fans he expects to be back playing "in no time" after injuring himself in his side's opening Premier League football game.

City began their campaign with an impressive 4-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Monday but Kompany had to leave the field with an apparent groin injury in the 71st minute.

However, he struck an upbeat tone on Twitter after the game, writing: "Team was great. I felt great. Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I'll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!"

New City manager Manuel Pellegrini can scarcely afford to be without his 27-year-old skipper as his other first-choice centre-back Matija Nastasic is currently sidelined with an ankle problem.

Micah Richards also missed the game against Newcastle, meaning that holding midfielder Javi Garcia had to slot in alongside Joleon Lescott in central defence for the last 20 minutes of the match.

Kompany is scheduled to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

"We will see what happened with the injury. The doctor will say how many days or weeks he will be injured," Pellegrini said.

"I can't tell you exactly now what happened with him but I think it is a serious injury - maybe for one or two weeks."

City, last season's runners-up and champions in 2011-12, visit Cardiff City next weekend before hosting Hull City in their last game before the September international break.