Vincent Kompany will miss the testimonial match organised by Manchester City to honour him after suffering a hamstring injury.
Kompany who left the Citizens last season to take up a player-manager role with Brlgian club has been forced to pull out of the game against a Premier League all-stars XI on Wednesday night.
The ex-City captain while speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game disclosed the sad development. It’s a celebration to say goodbye and I don’t have to be on the pitch. It’s for an unbelievable cause.
According to him:
The 35-year-old had hoped to have his ex-teammate, Yaya Toure to turn out too but explained why that won't happen.
“Of course I asked Yaya but he's in China at the moment and his club are very serious about going up and he said he couldn't make it, he had to be there.”
Former City star, Mario Balotelli is, however, expected to be among the cast on the night as well as some current City players.
"Mario should be coming but as you know with Mario everything could still go wrong," - Kompany joked.
The City Legends side that will be managed by Pep Guardiola will come up against Premier League greats like Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Gary Neville in the clash. Roberto Martinez will be in the dugout for the Premier League side.
The match is for charity and all proceeds from it will go to Tackle4MCR - the initiative Kompany set up with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to address rough sleeping and homelessness in the city.