Kompany to watch his own testimonial from the sidelines

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Vincent Kompany has confirmed that he will not play in his own Manchester City testimonial after suffering a hamstring injury.

The Chairman revealed the Club has also begun the process of commissioning a sculpture to publicly recognise and celebrate Vincent's achievements and contributions to Manchester City.

"To establish a permanent, physical connection with a place that will forever mean so much to me is truly humbling and I will always be grateful to [owner] Sheikh Mansour, [chairman] Khaldoon Al Mubarak and all those associated with City for their unwavering support and kindness".

Former City captain Kompany is returning to the Etihad Stadium for the first time since his departure at the end of last season, yet he will not feature in the match between Manchester City Legends and a Premier League All-Stars XI.

Kompany said: "Unfortunately I can't start or even play".

"It's unfortunate that Leroy Sane is out with a knee injury, because I would have put him on Gary Neville", Kompany told Sky Sports. It's typical of me!

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However, the Belgian global played down his frustration at missing out with the most important goal raising funds for charity.

Current City stars David Silva and Sergio Aguero will line-up alongside the likes of Mario Balotelli in a team managed by Pep Guardiola.

"The key strength of this Manchester City team and what Pep has been able to do with this team is relying more on the system than the individuals", he said. You can't have a successful project without Manchester United involved.

He continued: "There are still plenty of awesome players to be watching and it's about the celebration and to say goodbye - I don't need to be on the pitch as such".

"By losing Laporte you lose a big player".

"They can avoid and recover this gap by becoming a stronger team but I don't see City weakening".

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