Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has back tracked on comments he made at the start of the week that suggested Vincent Kompany would miss most of the rest of the season through injury, claiming the captain will be back by mid March at the latest.

Addressing the confusion at his press conference ahead of Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace, Pellegrini said, "I don't think I said until the last part of the season. I said that he has a long recovery, that he will not be ready in two weeks."

Kompany has been nursing a frustrating calf injury throughout the 2015/16 campaign. He hasn't been able to shake the latest flare up, but his manager has now put a time-frame of just six weeks on his recovery.

"I think he will be ready before the next international break. It's not until the end of March. Vincent will hope he can be back for the end of February," the Chilean explained.


Going away with Belgium in November before he was ready was possibly to blame for the problems the player is suffering now, but at the moment Pellegrini appears perfectly happy for him to go away with the national team again in March.

"He has one month more. We don't know what will happen but if he's able to play here then of course he should go with his international squad," the manager offered.

Discussing Kompany's mindset, Pellegrini also said, "He is very concerned, which is why he's trying to recover as soon as he can. He's doing all different examinations to try to understand the reasons why he is having so many injuries.

"Of course he wants to play. He is a very professional player. He is the first one who is very worried about his situation, which is why he is going everywhere to ask different specialists what is the reason."

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