Man City skipper Kompany suffers injury on return to action
Manchester City could face Christmas without any senior strikers and their captain following a costly 1-0 victory at Leicester.
Forward Edin Dzeko suffered a calf injury in the warm-up at the King Power Stadium and skipper Vincent Kompany suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem 77 minutes into his comeback. Dzeko joins fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic on the sidelines and there is little chance of any of them being fit in the next fortnight.
Kompany might also be out of action until the new year. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "It is difficult immediately after the game to know what happened to both of them.
"Vincent Kompany has the same problem in his hamstring he had a few weeks ago, that is one of the reasons he didn't play on Wednesday in Rome. Edin Dzeko felt a muscle injury in his calf. Maybe he will also be a couple of weeks out. I think it is impossible (for him to return) before the new year.
"We will see with Vincent how hard his injury is but I think it will be very difficult for them to play before the next year."
Dzeko had made only two appearances since returning from another calf injury while Jovetic, who was a substitute in Wednesday's Champions League win at Roma, has had niggly hamstring issues in recent weeks.
Pellegrini said: "Jovetic also has a problem in his hamstring after the game against Rome. It is not a very important injury but I think he will also need a couple of weeks."
Top scorer Aguero damaged knee ligaments in last weekends's victory over Everton and could be sidelined for up to eight weeks. The problems forced Pellegrini to draft 18-year-old forward Jose Angel Pozo into his starting line-up at Leicester and the youngster could now get further chances.
Pellegrini said: "We will see with Jose Pozo. We have other young players in the squad Patrick Vieira manages. We will see also another way to play but we are not going to complain about injuries."