Vincent Kompany will not play in his own testimonial at Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The Anderlecht player-manager is struggling with a hamstring injury and will not face off against a side mostly made up of Manchester United heroes.
“Unfortunately I won’t be starting tonight or playing. It’s typical of me, right? I’m usually just there for the end of the season,” Kompany said.
“I’ve got a slight hamstring injury. I couldn’t risk it tonight.
“We’ve got plenty of awesome players to be watching today and in many ways it is about a celebration to say goodbye, it doesn’t need to be on the pitch as such.
“In the same way, we are doing it for an unbelievable cause. That takes priority.
“I’ll be there for David Silva and Kun Aguero’s testimonials.”
Kompany left City this summer to become player manager at Anderlecht.
However, his spell back in Belgium hasn’t gone to plan, with Anderlecht winning just one of their opening six league games.
Vincent Kompany testimonial – full squads:
Manchester City Legends – managed by Pep Guardiola
Joe Hart, Costel Pantilimon – Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Gael Clichy – Nigel de Jong, Samir Nasri, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, David Silva, Dietmar Hamann, James Milner – Craig Bellamy, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Benjani
Premier League All-Stars XI – Managed by Roberto Martinez
Edwin van der Sar, Shay Given – Phil Neville, Gary Neville, John O’Shea, Wes Brown – Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Rafael van der Vaart, Cesc Fabregas – Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie