Former Manchester Metropolis skipper Vincent Kompany was dominated out of his personal testimonial with a hamstring harm on Wednesday however acquired some comfort after the membership mentioned it could fee a statue in his honour.
The match will kick off at Metropolis’s Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and the irony of being unable to play was not misplaced on the 33-year-old Belgium worldwide, who spent a big chunk of his time in England within the remedy room.
Kompany, who was at Metropolis for 11 years, left earlier than the beginning of the present season to affix Anderlecht as player-coach.
“Unfortunately I won’t be starting tonight or playing. It’s typical of me, right?” he advised reporters earlier than the sport. “I’m often simply there for the top of the season. I’ve obtained a slight hamstring harm. I couldn’t danger it tonight.
“There are still plenty of awesome players to be watching and it’s about the celebration and to say goodbye – I don’t need to be on the pitch as such.”
In essentially the most Vincent Kompany information ever, Vincent Kompany gained’t be enjoying in his personal testimonial as a result of he’s injured.
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) September 11, 2019
Kompany was set to play for a Metropolis legends group towards a group of Premier League legends, with proceeds from the match going in the direction of a charity he set as much as assist fight homelessness in Manchester.
There was some comfort, nevertheless, with Metropolis saying they might title a highway at their academy after Kompany and unveil a statue at The Etihad of their most profitable captain.
Kompany made 360 appearances for Metropolis, serving to the membership emerge as one of many dominant forces in English soccer and real title rivals to neighbours Manchester United.
He was a part of the group that gained the FA Cup in 2011, ending the membership’s 35-year trophy drought, and led Metropolis to 4 Premier League titles, 4 League Cups and two Neighborhood Shields.
Tonight we’ll see one of many best defenders in @premierleague historical past. A colossal determine for his membership & he can be rightly celebrated by many of the Etihad tonight. YES I’ve lastly determined I will play in @VincentKompany testimonial! #skysports 7:45 KO 😬
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 11, 2019
“It is an incredible honour to be recognised by this special club in this way,” Kompany mentioned.
“The journey that we went on together throughout my 11 years in Manchester changed my life and I am delighted to have played my small part in altering the course of this club’s history during that time.”