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City welcome back Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is back in the squad for Wednesday's trip to West Brom after two months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

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Vincent Kompany: Ready to return for City

Vincent Kompany: Ready to return for City

The 2011/2012 champions have struggled defensively in his absence and manager Manuel Pellegrini is grateful to have the 27-year-old Belgium centre-back available again.

The Chilean said: "Kompany is in the squad list and will travel with the team. I think Vincent is a very important player. He is a very good defender and of course we need him.

"On the other side, in the last five (domestic) games just Sunderland have scored one goal (against us). In all the others we have had clean sheets.

"So the other defenders can do it as well, but Vincent is always an important player."

On the game itself, Pellegrini admitted he was desperate to improve City's away record this season, adding: "It is very important especially this week.

"We play two games away before we play against Arsenal here at home so I hope we will be the same team we are here in those two games this week."

The likes of veteran Argentina defender Martin Demichelis and powerful England star Micah Richards have drawn criticism in attempting to fill the void left by Kompany, who has missed 10 games.

With City's strikers in red-hot form - especially at home - they have remained in touch with the Premier League leaders Arsenal and currently sit in third place, six points off the summit.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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