Former Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, has dropped out of his own testimonial due to injury.
The Belgian, who is nearing the end of his playing career, will see his selected eleven, made up of former teammates, play against Premier League legend side at the Etihad on Wednesday.
The defender, who returned to Anderlecht, his childhood club this summer, after his contract expired with the Pep Guardiola side, is currently nursing a hamstring injury.
“Unfortunately no I won’t be starting or playing but it is typical of me, I am usually there for the end of the season,” he confirmed.
“I have got a slight hamstring injury so I couldn’t risk it but plenty of awesome players to be watching and it is about a celebration.
“To say goodbye it doesn’t have to be on the pitch. We are doing it for an unbelievable cause. I will be there for David Silva’s testimonial.
“I have had a lot of injures and a lot of comebacks.
“For me not to play… the irony has not escaped anyone. I was always fighting my own battles.”
Injuries have plagued the big centre-back’s career. Calf problems kept him out of most of the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons, while Guardiola admitted that his struggles to stay fit contributed to the club’s decision to release him last season.
He missed 152 games due to injuries in his 11-year stay at the top-flight.
Kompany’s City legends team will feature the likes of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nigel de Jong, Stephen Ireland, Didi Hamann, James Milner and Mario Balotelli.
They will face a Premier League selection which has Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry in the side.
However, Toure would not be available, as he is currently playing for Chinese side, Qingdao Huanghai.
“Of course I asked Yaya but he’s in China at the moment and his club are very serious about going up and he said he couldn’t make it,” Kompany noted
All money that would be raised will go to local homeless charity, TACKLE4MCR, which Kompany helped to launch earlier this year.
“We are specifically dealing with homelessness in Greater Manchester and you can’t have a successful project without having the red side involved,” he added.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was involved in the first half when we did the fundraising and it is a credit to them and the club.
“We have our differences but if we can come together for these kind of events, we make the city stronger.
“The blue side has helped with the regeneration and together we can do more. I am sure Neville expects to be booed every time he is on the ball.”