Mike Summerbee has backed Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany to emerge from his injury nightmare and return to his best form, stating people still hold the same admiration for him.
Belgium centre-back Kompany is unlikely to feature again in 2016 after damaging knee ligaments in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace earlier this month.
That freak injury, coming as the 30-year-old landed awkwardly following a heavy collision with City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, halted Kompany's latest return to the starting XI following a succession of muscular problems.
Saturday's tussle with Premier League leaders Chelsea is the latest high-profile contest he must watch from the stands.
But club ambassador Summerbee is hopeful Kompany can inspire further success to stand alongside the five major honours he has collected at the Etihad Stadium since 2011.
"It's unfortunate, it's a rarity to have so many injuries as he's had," ex-England winger and City great Summerbee told Omnisport.
"He's a quality player. When he came back against Swansea [a 2-1 EFL Cup win in September], I thought he was outstanding and then he got a bit of an injury towards the end of the game.
"If he can get through this difficult period he's going through…he's a very, very fit lad, he knows what he wants to do. He's a determined man.
"He'll come back into the side and you'll see Vincent Kompany as he was. He's a well-respected man, not only by City supporters but by all supporters around the country.
"When people talk about centre-halves they always talk about Vincent Kompany."