The long wait for Vincent Kompany's return to fitness ended in the 60th minute of Saturday's 4-1 Blues win over Sunderland. Then ten minutes later, a new wait began for Manchester City supporters. Kompany addressed the situation.
"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. Lots of love to all of those who support me.
"I wish you all the very best for 2016. Let's all together make next year, a wonderful year."