Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will miss vital Premier League and European fixtures with a thigh strain

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a thigh strain, forcing him to miss crucial Premier League and European fixtures.

The City defender limped out of his side’s 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday, and a scan has confirmed fears of another frustrating lay-off.

It means City will lose the Belgian centre half for their Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow, as well as the return game with the Russians, tie which may decide whether they reach the last 16 of the tournament.

If the initial diagnosis is correct, Kompany will also have to sit out City’s visit to Chelsea on Oct 27. City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be cursing the loss of his leader, whose absence for much of last season was regarded as crucial to the club failing to retain their title.

Kompany suffered a groin strain in August, hobbling out of the opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle.

Kompany’s fellow Belgians Marouane Fellaini and Christian Benteke will face Croatia on Friday, with the former postponing surgery on a wrist injury sustained during Manchester United’s victory at Sunderland and the latter being declared fit.