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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini says injured Vincent Kompany could miss rest of the season

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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says captain Vincent Kompany could miss the rest of the season because of a groin injury, dealing another blow to the English champions' troubled season.

PHOTO: Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, centre, fights for the ball against Manchester City's Yaya Toure, left, as Vincent Kompany looks on during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, centre, fights for the ball against Manchester City's Yaya Toure, left, as Vincent Kompany looks on during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Belgium defender was substituted at halftime in City's 4-2 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Asked about Kompany's fitness ahead of Sunday's match against West Ham, Pellegrini said Friday "we don't know if he will be fit before the end of the season."

City has six games left in its disappointing defense of the title. The champions have dropped to fourth place in the standings, 12 points behind leader Chelsea, and the gap to fifth-place Liverpool has been reduced to four points.

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