‘Tired’ Kompany asked to be replaced at half time

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany (C) sits on the bench after being substituted during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Britain, 23 October 2016. EPA/PETER POWELL 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany asked to be replaced at half-time in the 1-0 EFL Cup loss at Manchester United because he was “tired”.

The defender, 30, was making only his second start of the season after suffering a groin strain in September.

“He told us he is tired and was not ready to play the second half,” said City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side have not won in six matches.

“The important thing is he is not injured – that is a good step.”

Kompany, who has been troubled by calf and shin problems in recent seasons, has said he will be “honest” with the medical staff over his injuries.

The Belgium international played 25 matches for club and country last season, a fall from 38 a season earlier and 40 in 2013-14.

Kompany was replaced by Aleksandar Kolarov at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata scoring nine minutes after half-time to secure United’s place in the quarter-finals, where they will meet West Ham.

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