​Manchester City's Argentina international defender Nicolas Otamendi has claimed that his side dearly miss their captain Vincent Kompany.

Kompany, 29, has started just nine matches all season and has been plagued with a calf injury he picked up in City's 2-1 defeat in the Champions League tie to Juventus, and on his comeback lasted just nine minutes against Sunderland before injuring the same calf again.

In those nine matches, City have conceded just three goals and have kept an impressive seven clean sheets, but in his absence there have been defeats to Stoke City and Arsenal as well as the 4-1 thumping by Liverpool.

Otamendi, a new recruit at the Etihad Stadium after signing from Valencia in a £32m switch, spoke to the Independent as reported by Goal.com and believes that any side would miss Kompany, as he is a top player.

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"We have all been subjected to some criticism at some point this season, but any team would miss Vinny. He is a top player, he is aggressive on the pitch and he has been a big loss for us," Otamendi said.

"We hope to get him back as quickly as possible and that anyone the manager puts in to replace him can stay solid during that time. The games I played together with Vinny, I really enjoyed the partnership, both in the derby against Manchester United and in the Champions League against Sevilla.

"I felt we were developing something there. He is obviously a top player and he helps us a great deal when he is on the pitch."

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Manchester City are still well in the title hunt in the Premier League this season, and are currently third, but the Citizens are just three points behind current leaders Arsenal and one behind second placed Leicester City.

Their next fixture is the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Everton.