The Belgium inspirational captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the European Championship 2016 after failing to recover from injury.
The 30-year-old, who plays for Manchester City Football Club – has made just 14 Premier League appearances this season due to a persistent calf injury that he suffered in September.
The central defender has now confirmed on his official Facebook page that he will not be a part of the summer showpiece to be held in France.
“I’ll miss the Euros. To me, that’s very sad news. So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I fear for my career as others may do,” Kompany wrote on his FB page.
“There is a bigger picture to everything in life and only failing to see it, will cause me to fail. I am a hard worker and a fighter and if you are too, then you know that, to people like us, success can come in many forms. We trust ourselves when the going gets tough.
“So I remain calm and positive. I will continue to follow my path and I will do so with more conviction than ever,” he added.
In Kompany’s absence, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is likely to lead the national side at Euro 2016, starting on June 10.
Kompany has been out for four months, meaning the City skipper will also miss the start of Pep Guardiola’s stint at the Etihad Stadium.