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Kompany declares himself fit

Published 29/03/2013 | 10:41

Vincent Kompany is ready to return from a calf problem
Vincent Kompany is ready to return from a calf problem

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany appears to have declared himself fit to return to action for the club this weekend.

Kompany angered manager Roberto Mancini by playing in a World Cup qualifier for Belgium on Tuesday when he had not played for the club for eight weeks. Mancini felt the 26-year-old was risking a recurrence of his calf problem and warned that players should understand "there are some cases that the club is more important".

But Kompany, whose potential comeback had already been put back several times by City, was again not risked by Belgium in Macedonia last Friday and only featured in the return fixture this week. He then spoke positively about his fitness prior to the game in Brussels and now seems set to feature against Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

Kompany tweeted a picture of his boots along with the caption: "They're ready to roll again! :-)"

City's inspirational skipper last played for the champions in their FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26.

His call-up by Belgium irritated Mancini, who said: "For 60 days he didn't play for us and we did everything, then he went to play for the national team.

"If he had got another injury - if on Saturday he is not ready to play because he was with the national team, and we lose him for another month, this is not correct."

Press Association

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