Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany looks certain to miss the start of the season as he requires surgery on his injured toe.
Mark Hughes has conceded that the 23-year-old needs to go under the knife in order to fix the niggling problem once and for all.
“The likelihood is that he will need a procedure. If he has to have an operation Vincent will miss the start of the season,” he told the club’s official website.
“We sent him to a consultant surgeon at the end of last season and he recommended injecting the toe and giving him six weeks complete rest, but he was suffering the same amount of pain again in training in Germany.
“He’s been back to see the surgeon now. We hoped the rest would cure it but it’s a bit more complex than that. It’s important that we address it now and make sure Vince is fit for the rest of the season.
“We nursed him through to the point where he had to concede that he just couldn’t carry on.
“He had numerous needles into the joint but he stuck with it bravely. He did really well for the team.”