Vincent Kompany is refusing to be downhearted about his latest injury set-back.
The inspirational City skipper picked up a groin strain in the 4-0 win over Newcastle, ruling him out of last Sunday’s defeat at Cardiff and possibly Belgium’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Scotland next week.
With the opening Champions League fixture and Manchester derby on the horizon, he admits he is facing a race against time to return for those games, but encouragingly, adds it is not out of the question.
“I’ll be out for a little while but not too long,” said Kompany. “I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that.
“I’ve been here before and I’m going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible. There are worse things that can happen but the only disappointment is that the season began so positively for me and everything went really well during pre-season.
I felt great against Newcastle before the injury but I’m going to get back as quickly as I can and be even stronger this season
“There is a protocol to follow with any injury and there is a time scale that goes with that. If I follow that schedule, I know when I’ll be back in a certain amount of weeks and possibly sooner.
“It is a freak injury that has nothing to do with the previous problems – it can happen - but I know when I return I’ll be absolutely fine.”
Kompany says he knows nothing of any possible reinforcements before the transfer window closes but wouldn’t be surprised if the Blues did make a late addition to the ranks.
“Maybe we will – I haven’t kept in touch with any speculation so I’m not sure but with a few days to go I’m sure it is a possibility as it is at any club of this size,” he said
“It is going to be an interesting season because Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson has retired and we also have a new manager.
“People will wonder how we will all perform in what is a new era for all three clubs and the pressure is on all of us to do well, but at the same time, everything has changed and it will be interesting for the fans and for us as well.”