Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will take caution in regards to Vincent Kompany’s concussion ahead of the Champions League match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
"He had a problem with his head. [He got] a kick. Now we're going to control him. You have to be careful with head injuries. Hopefully it won't be anything serious.''
Guardiola may have rushed Kompany back from a hamstring injury earlier this season in an EFL Cup match against Swansea, which ended up in an aggravation late in the game. Pep has most likely learned from this mistake and will be patient to bring the Belgian back on the pitch.
Thankfully, Manchester City escaped Selhurst Park with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace without Kompany, although Pep didn’t believe his side were on form:
"It was really tough. Obviously it was not our best performance. We will analyse what we can do better, because there are a lot of things we can do better.”
Pep Guardiola is now left with a plethora of options at the back to play against Gladbach. He could play four at the back with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in the center and pair them with two of Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta at full-back, or he might consider playing three in the back to give Kolarov an opportunity to prove his passing ability, which Pep desires.
Regardless of his choice, Pep's strategy should give City a fighting chance in the match on Wednesday and help the Sky Blues secure a spot in the knockout stage.