Arsenal received a Champions League boost as Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany pulled up under 10 minutes into the club’s semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.
Currently three points clear of City in the Premier League, Arsenal travel to Manchester on Sunday to face Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
With just two fixtures remaining, the game is expected to determine who will finish third in the league this season and confirm their place in next season’s Champions League group stage.
Kompany has managed to play just 22 times all season including Wednesday night’s game, completing 90 minutes seven times since November.
City lost to Arsenal without the defender back in December and the pair of Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala hasn’t managed to convince despite plenty of time alongside each other.
Defender Pablo Zabaleta and midfielder David Silva are already out with muscle injuries: clearly the medical department is something Pep Guardiola will hope to fix when he arrives at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Kompany’s injury could even be good news for former Gunner Thomas Vermaelen. Though he has hardly played for Barcelona this season, he is still expected to travel to France for Euro 2016 this summer and an injury to Kompany plus the recent fitness concerns of Jan Vertonghen could gift him a chance to play.