Manchester City news

Vincent Kompany battling to be fit

September 17, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Vincent Kompany faces a fitness test as Manchester City consider whether to recall their captain for the Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night.

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Kompany has been out since injuring his groin in City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on the opening day of the season, but he was included in the City squad that travelled to the Czech Republic and manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes he will be able to start.

“Vincent worked and trained with us normally over the last two days,” Pellegrini said at his pre-match press conference. “We will see if he is 100% and speak with the doctor, but if he is fit, of course he will play.

“He is a very important player for us. He has been injured for a month and, except the game at Cardiff, the defence did very well in the other three games without him.”

Martin Demichelis, signed to be Kompany’s deputy, sustained an injury before featuring for the club and midfielder Javi Garcia played centre-back in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Stoke.

City will be without Demichelis, Gael Clichy, Micah Richards and David Silva, who were all left behind in Manchester, as they start their Champions League campaign.

Pellegrini hopes playmaker Silva will be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday while Aleksandar Kolarov is set to continue instead of Clichy at left-back.

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