Wednesday 18 October 2017

Kompany makes timely return

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (p) will return tomorrow to face Tottenham Photo: PA
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (p) will return tomorrow to face Tottenham Photo: PA

Pete Oliver

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany looks set to return to lead his side's attempt to revive their Premier League title hopes against Tottenham tomorrow.

Kompany has not played since suffering a recurrence of a calf injury against Sunderland on St Stephen's Day and manager Manuel Pellegrini can offer no guarantees that the 29-year-old will not suffer further complications with an injury that has dogged him in recent seasons.

"It's very difficult to find a particular thing about a muscle injury.

"There's a lot of things you can do to try to have less injuries but no one will be sure you are not going to have any more," Pellegrini said.

But Kompany returns to fitness following visits to specialists in the United States and Europe, as well as in intensive sessions on the training ground. Pellegrini is ready to turn to his captain for a game City badly need to win.

Defeat by Leicester City last Saturday has left City six points adrift of the leaders and a point behind both Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of a potentially pivotal day in the title race. And the statistics show that City's chances of winning will be greatly enhanced with Kompany restored to the middle of their back four.

"Vincent has worked the last three weeks without any problems. He played 45 minutes in a friendly with the U-21s so I think that he is ready now to play," added Pellegrini, whose side have won seven and drawn two of the nine Premier League games Kompany has played this season, conceding just two goals. Without him, City have won seven, drawn three and lost six games, letting in 24 goals.

"He is one of the best defenders in the league, he is the captain of the team. It's important to have our important players all together." (© Daily Telegraph, London) Comments Facility

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