Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has slammed Belgium for playing skipper Vicent Kompany, with the defender now set to miss the City tie. Also revealing that Kun Aguero will be out for a month, the Chilean has backed Ivory Coast international Wilfred Bony to shine.
Manchester City were struck with a huge blow when Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that star striker Aguero will be out for up to a month.
Aguero will be replaced in the starting XI by Wilfred Bony, with the forward having recently admitted that the current phase as a player has been the worst in his career.
Pellegrini backs Bony to shine
Hoping to instill some confidence in his back-up forward, Pellegrini said that he had full trust on the Ivory Coast international to deliver his best.
a I always trust Wilfried a hea s a very good player,a Pellegrini was quoted saying by the official Manchester City website.
a Hea s had very bad luck here. He arrived here in January, he went to the African Cup and then he had problems with his knee.
a Last season he couldna t demonstrate what he can do but now he has the responsibility.
a It’s not just Wilfried, we also have Kelechi a the team is the most important thing, how we are moving forward.a
Helpless Pellegrini blasts Belgium for playing Kompany
The City captain had missed the last three games with injury, and hence, the doctor’s at City had reported to the Belgium manager that the player should not be played, allowing him the time to recover.
Annoyed with the fact that Marc Wilmots, the Belgium manager, chose to ignore the recommendations of the doctors at City, Pellegrini said: “I was not pleased because we sent Vincent with a medical report saying he cannot play but as the Belgium manager said, he can do what he wants.
a If a player withdraws from a national team squad, he cannot play for his club team in the next game. Vincent didna t play in our last three games – ita s not my duty to do it but some day clubs will protest that as it should be the same thing the other way.”