Manchester City look likely to spend in the January transfer window to address their worsening defensive problems after manager Manuel Pellegrini received yet more bad news about captain Vincent Kompany.

With City eighth in the Barclays Premier League and with only four points from a possible 24 away from home, Pellegrini knows that he must sort out his defence if he is to mount any kind of title challenge.

It is understood that City will not look to buy a new goalkeeper, despite Joe Hart’s ongoing problems, but they are in the market for a central defender after Kompany’s injuries have turned out to be more serious than expected.

Sportsmail revealed last week that Kompany, out since the 3-1 win over Everton on October 5, would not play in the forthcoming Belgium friendlies as he tried to overcome his latest muscle injury.

Now Belgian medics warn that he is likely to be out even longer and it looks as though he will certainly miss City’s game with Tottenham on November 24.