Man City rocked with Kompany set to miss FOUR matches after controversial red card
Manchester City's trophy quest has been rocked with Vincent Kompany banned for four matches.
City will appeal the decision but if they don't succeed in overturning the verdict, their captain will miss several key matches after his controversial red card against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Kompany was dismissed for a lunge on Nani in the opening stages of the derby at the Etihad Stadium – although replays showed he played the ball first.
Pivotal: Vincent Kompany was sent off for this tackle on Nani
The straight red card earns him a three-match ban, while another extra game is added as it is his second sending off of the season.
Boss Roberto Mancini said: 'We will appeal. I am sure we will win.'
Asked what he thought of the red card, he shrugged before eventually saying: 'It's best that we talk about the game and not the referee.'
However, counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson thought it was the right decision, saying: 'I think so, I've seen him do it before, he maybe got off in the past. I think if he catches Nani then he's got a problem.'
City will now have to plan for life without their influential centre-back as they bid to hold off United and Tottenham at the summit of the Barclays Premier League.
Foul Kompany appears to take the ball in replays
He will also sit out both of the Carling Cup semi-final matches with Liverpool, starting with Wednesday's first leg at home.
The news is a big blow for Mancini, who is expected to be without the Toure brothers – Yaya and Kolo – for over a month after they jetted out for the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
Kompany and Kolo Toure would arguably be City's first-choice pairing at the back, and Mancini will now have to rely on Joleon Lescott and Stefan Savic.
They also have Nedum Onuoha – who was expected to leave – and Dedryck Boyata may now be recalled from his loan at Bolton.