Vincent Kompany set for return

Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany will return to competitive action against Macedonia on Tuesday, having missed two vital months for Manchester City.

City have gained just eight points out of a possible 18 since Kompany sustained a calf injury at Stoke in the FA Cup on January 26, leaving the defending champions 15 points adrift of local rivals Manchester United in the title race.

City were only four points behind United when the defender picked up the injury, but are now just the same number of points ahead of third-placed Chelsea, and will hope Kompany comes through the World Cup qualifier unscathed.

The 26-year-old says he is in good shape and is relishing his comeback.

“I feel great, I am very happy to be back with the team after putting in some hard work in the last eight weeks,” said Kompany.

“Yes it has been frustrating, but as a professional footballer, sometimes injuries are things that you have to deal with.

“I have been through much worse than this so it was a case of me working hard to be able to be there for my team again – not just for my country, but for my club aswell. My ambition was to make myself available again to both my managers, I have worked hard but now I just want to perform very quickly and very well.”

With just eight games remaining in the Barclays Premier League, plus an FA Cup semi-final date looming, City fans will hope their influential skipper is back in the first-team for the Manchester derby in just over a week’s time.

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