Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has suffered another injury as his comeback on the pitch lasted less than 10 minutes on Saturday.
Kompany, 29, came on as a substitute against Sunderland but had to leave the game after just nine minutes. The Belgian international posted an emotional message on his Facebook page.
“Today was a bad day for me. My body feels invincible – the best it’s ever been – but I’m challenged by a number of small and local injuries. It leaves me more frustrated than with any of the ‘big’ injuries I’ve had but it’s a challenge that I will overcome.
“There are worst things in life of course and I never forget that. So I’m definitely not asking anyone to feel sorry for me and I hope you wouldn’t anyway. This is a way to communicate my situation to those who maybe deserve answers.
“I’ve made many sacrifices to get where I am today and football is everything to me. This is what I fought for so hard. I want to be the best defender in the world and I want Manchester City FC and Belgium to become the best club and country in world football. I won’t give up that dream.
“Injuries have and still are preventing me to play my role the way I’d want to but it’s not stopping me to progress. I will get on with it and when I do come back, I will be stronger again. My mindset stays unchanged, I will fight to get what I deserve, my best years in football.”
Kompany re-injured his calf, and manager Manuel Pellegrini was unsure on how long it will take for him to come back.