Manchester City Boosted By The Return To Fitness Of Captain Vincent Kompany

Belgium should line up against the Czech champions on Tuesday. 

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Manchester City have been given a huge lift with the news that captain Vincent Kompany is in the squad to take on Viktoria Plzen in their Uefa Champions League group-stage opener this week, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The experienced Belgium international has been out of action ever since the club’s opening-night Premier League victory over Newcastle United at Eastlands, with the key centre back limping out of that 4-0 win after tearing his hamstring.

However, new head coach Manuel Pellegrini will be relieved to have Kompany back to full fitness as he takes his expensively assembled squad to the Czech Republic for their European Cup opener on Tuesday night, with the Chilean having been forced to utilise versatile midfield player Javi Garcia at centre back in recent weeks in Kompany’s enforced absence.

And not only that, but Pellegrini has also had to make do without powerful England international Micah Richards recently due to a hamstring injury, while Serbia central defender Matija Nastasic has himself only just returned to full fitness after suffering an ankle injury on the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East.

All of which means that City will be delighted to see Kompany take his place at the heart of the City back four on Tuesday as the club look to qualify from their Champions League group for the first time ever.

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