Roberto Mancini fuming over Kompany selection

Roberto ManciniManchester City boss Roberto Mancini has criticised Belgium manager Marc Wilmots for starting Vincent Kompany for Belgium this week.

Kompany has been out of action for the past eight weeks since suffering a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth round win at Stoke in late January.

However, he surprisingly started Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in Brussels on Tuesday.

The former Anderlecht defender played the full 90 minutes as Belgium won 1-0 to remain in the hunt for a automatic qualification spot for next year’s tournament in Brazil.

However, Mancini has reacted with fury at the decision to play the big defender, suggesting clubs should have the final say over whether a player is fit enough to play or not.

“He didn’t play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for the Belgium team,” said the Italian. “I did not agree with this.

“I think sometimes some managers of national teams should understand the situation. This player plays for the club and the club, every month, pay his salary.

“I don’t know if he is okay or not. One week before the international break he was not fit to play for us.

“I didn’t see Vinny. I will see him on Thursday.”

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