Vincent Kompany Confident of Being Fit for Manchester Derby

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Captain gives fans a boost ahead of crunch derby.

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said that he expects to be fit and back in the starting line up in time for the club’s first Champions League game this season, and crucially, back in time for the derby with neighbours Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports.

Kompany suffered a hamstring injury during City’s opening game of the season at home to Newcastle United, and gaffer Manuel Pellegrini said that the initial prognosis was that the influential skipper could be out for at least a month.

However, the club received a boost when news came of Kompany’s quick recovery after Pellegrini feared that he would be missing for the side’s Champions League opener next month, as well as the game with Manchester United on September 22nd.

The 27-year-old has confirmed that he will miss this weekend’s encounter with Manchester City as well as being unavailable for Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers the following weekend.

“I’ll be out for a little while but not too long. I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ve been here before and I’m going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible. There are worse things that can happen but the only disappointment is that the season began so positively for me and everything went really well during pre-season.

“There is a protocol to follow with any injury and there is a time scale that goes with that. If I follow that schedule, I know when I’ll be back in a certain amount of weeks and possibly sooner.

“It is a freak injury that has nothing to do with the previous problems – it can happen – but I know when I return I’ll be absolutely fine.”

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