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Vincent Kompany's injury history makes unhappy reading for Man City

Just eight minutes into last Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second leg defeat to Real Madrid, Vincent Kompany fell to the ground with a groin strain after playing what seemed like a straightforward pass to a teammate.

Seconds later, the stricken Manchester City skipper was looking up at the Madrid sky in the knowledge that his season was over and probably his involvement at this summer's Euros with Belgium, too.

It was Kompany's fifth separate setback of an injury-ravaged season that has seen him start just 20 of City's 58 games -- and his 33rd injury since he joined the club in 2008.

The 30-year-old is determined to keep fighting for his career and is having specialist treatment in Spain to recover quicker, but some have already questioned whether he can ever be relied on as a first-choice centre-back again.

It's clear that the injuries have had a huge impact on Kompany's career. He has made 298 appearances for City in his eight years at the club -- averaging 37 appearances a season -- but City have played 436 matches in that time; almost a third of them without the Belgian international.

Here's how the injuries have played their part in the defender's career.

Anderlecht 2003-06

Kompany started his career at Anderlecht in his native Belgium and quickly earned a reputation as one of the promising young centre-backs in Europe. But he believes his time at the Jupiler League club may have contributed to the problems later in his career.

"From the age of 17 to 18, in two seasons I played 110 games. It costs on your body and when I moved to Germany my body collapsed," he told Football4Football in 2014. "It took two years to rebuild myself and kick on again."

Hamburg 2006-08

Kompany joined Hamburg in 2006 but made just six starts before missing the rest of his first season after damaging his Achilles tendon in a Champions League defeat to Porto.

The following season he started 26 games, but missed a month of the season with a torn abductor muscle.

Man City 2008-15

There were no signs of the problems to come when Kompany first joined City for a paltry sum of £6 million in August 2008 as he made 46 appearances in his debut season -- predominantly as a defensive midfielder.

However, he missed the first two months of the following season with a toe injury that ruled him out for City's opening 10 games as Roberto Mancini's side missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.

Yet in 2010-11, Kompany made 50 appearances to help City win their first trophy -- the FA Cup -- as well as securing Champions League football for the first time. And the following season they won the title for the first time and barring a couple of minor setbacks, Kompany was instrumental in that success -- starting 31 of their Premier League games.

Kompany's persistent problems began to take hold in 2012 with recurring calf and hamstring problems, resulting in the City captain missing 41 games of the 145 games over the next three seasons.

After a two-week spell out with a hamstring injury early in 2012-13 season, Kompany missed another two months with a calf injury shortly after the New Year as City's title challenge faltered.

The following season, Kompany played just four games in the first three months after separate groin and hamstring setbacks, but he was able to feature in 24 of the next 25 games as he secured a second Premier League winners' medal.

A season on, though, he suffered two more hamstring injuries and another calf strain as he missed 18 of City's 51 games with the title going to Chelsea in 2014-15.

Vincent Kompany was enjoying another solid performance before having to depart due to injury.
Vincent Kompany has struggled to stay fit this season.

This season

Kompany started the season in majestic form at the heart of City's defence as Manuel Pellegrini's side won their opening five games without conceding a goal to shoot to the top of the Premier League.

He missed the next four games with his first calf injury, but returned in October to play three more games with City conceding just once in his first eight appearances.

Kompany then suffered a recurrence of the calf strain in November while on international duty with Belgium. The blow ruled him out for a further three months -- barring a brief cameo against Sunderland on Dec. 26 when he lasted just nine minutes as a late substitute before being forced off with the same injury.

He returned in on Feb. 14 for the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, however, and the captain was able to lift the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley at the end of the month after the extra-time victory over Liverpool, despite not playing in any of the previous five games in the competition.

Kompany helped City to their first ever Champions League knockout victory when they beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine but lasted just seven minutes of the 0-0 return leg on March 15 before the dreaded calf problem returned forcing him out for another month.

City overcame Paris Saint-Germain without him, before the defender returned (after playing in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle) for the semifinal first leg against Real Madrid at the Etihad has he helped to keep out Cristiano Ronaldo and company in a goalless draw.

Pellegrini tried to manage his fitness, resting him for the Premier League fixtures with Stoke City and Southampton, but the injury curse struck early in the second leg at the Bernabeu. This time it was a groin strain and Kompany has confirmed it will rule him out for up to four months.

With the defender definitely set to miss this summer's European Championships in France, he may well be struggling to be fit for the start of the season when new manager Pep Guardiola begins to shape his squad -- beginning with a preseason tour to China in July. How Kompany recovers over the summer may well set a marker for how long his future at the club is secure.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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