Manchester City have been dealt a massive blow in the title race after losing both Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi to injury during the first half of their game against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.

Kompany pulled up when clearing a ball and seemed to be in significant discomfort. He immediately signalled to the bench that he needed to come off before limping from the pitch looking, well, disgusted.

He lasted just five minutes of the match.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: An injured Vincent Kompany of Manchester City (4) in discussion with team mates Pablo Zabaleta (L) and Joe Hart (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester City FC and FC Dynamo Kyiv at the Etihad Stadium on March 15, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: An injured Vincent Kompany of Manchester City (4) in discussion with team mates Pablo Zabaleta (L) and Joe Hart (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester City FC and FC Dynamo Kyiv at the Etihad Stadium on March 15, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Otamendi clashed with a Dynamo Kiev player and was unable to shake off the injury.

Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi receives medical treatment before leaving the pitch injured during a UEFA Champions League last 16, second leg football match between Manchester City and Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 15, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF
Manchester City’s Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi receives medical treatment before leaving the pitch injured during a UEFA Champions League last 16, second leg football match between Manchester City and Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 15, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF

City are just one teeny, tiny point behind Arsenal (with a better goal difference of +5) and their next game in the Premier League is at home to United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Arsenal travel to Goodison Park more than 24 hours earlier despite playing 24 hours later in the Champions League.

Excellent planning once again.

This weekend will see plenty of pressure for City in a game which is guaranteed to see United turn up for a change.

*smirks*

Don’t let the media fool you that Arsenal are the only club feeling the strain this season. Pellegrini may already be on his way out, but a lot can happen (or fail to) between now and the end of the season.

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