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Manchester City Block Key Defender’s International Call-Up In Order To Get Star Back To Fitness

Marc Wilmots and Co have already qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil in any case. 

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not be allowed to join up with the rest of his Belgium team-mates for this month’s international double header as the mega-rich Premier League club look to get their influential centre back back to full fitness, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Mail.

The Belgium international has not played for City since suffering yet another muscle-related problem in a Premier League match with Everton at Eastlands last month, with Kompany this time being picking up a thigh injury.

And with the 27-year-old taking no part in City’s 5-2 home win over Russian champions CSKA Moscow in their Uefa Champions League group-stage clash on Tuesday night that saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side safely through to the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition for the very first time in their history, the north-west outfit are adamant that the central defender cannot team up with his country for their two friendlies later this month.

Instead, Kompany will continue to work on his fitness at the club’s Carrington training ground ahead of a possible return to action after the international break.

Meanwhile, there was more bad news for the Chilean coach after both David Silva and Fernandinho limped off with knocks against CSKA, with Pellegrini confirming after the match that: “David Silva and Fernandinho both had to be substituted. They have small problems, so we’ll see tomorrow with the doctor.”

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