Manuel Pellegrini is not happy with Belgium as they opted to pitch City captain Vincent Kompany during the Euro 2016 qualifying matches simply ignoring the fact that the veteran defender is still recovering from injury.
Vincent Kompany joined Belgium for international duty though he missed the Citizen’s last five matches for a calf injury.
Pellegrini had earlier suggested his effective influential captain would not be able to gain full fitness for either of the international matches against Andorra or Israel but Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots decided to field him in the second encounter. The 29-year-old defender played 58 minutes in that match, managed to come out without any scratch but Manchester City’s Chilean boss was not satisfied.
Pellegrini told: “I was not pleased because we sent Vincent with some medical report that he was not able to play but, as the manager of Belgium said, he can do what he wants in the international break. He can use the players and he wanted to use him.
“But for me, when you don’t send a player to the national squad and you cannot use him for your club, I think the other sense must be the same. If a player didn’t play the last three games for his club he cannot play for the national squad.” He insists.
“But these are the rules. I think someday clubs will protest about that.”
Pellegrini also denied any hard feelings between him and Kompany but didn’t confirm if the defender will return to the first eleven for the Premier League match against Bournemouth.
He revealed: “There is not a problem with him. I think it was important for Vincent to work a complete week before he played and he couldn’t do it because he played for Belgium. He had to recover here Wednesday and Thursday. “We will have to see in the future when he can return to his position. Tomorrow we will see the starting XI.”
Pellegrini, addressing the pre-match press conference, also said star striker Aguero was likely to be sidelined at least for a month. The Argentine superstar suffered a hamstring injury playing for Argentina.
Pellegrini confirmed: “Sergio has a muscle injury. I think it is an important injury, so I don’t think he will be back before one month.”
It was a costly international break for league leaders Manchester City as playmaker David Silva and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov returned with an injury. Both are expected to be out for at least two weeks.
The city will be looking to maintain their top position against Bournemouth, but the Chilean manager is keeping a tab on the vibrancy of the newly promoted side.