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Vincent Kompany's comeback is pick-me-up for Pellegrini

By Staff Reporter

Manchester City will be lifted by the return of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to reassert their authority this weekend.

The Premier League leaders surrendered their 100 per cent record and conceded for the first time domestically, as they slipped to a surprise loss to West Ham last weekend.

Kompany missed the game having been forced off with a calf injury during the Champions League loss to Juventus four days previously.

The Belgian is now set to return in place of Eliaquim Mangala - alongside whom he had helped keep five successive clean sheets - at Tottenham today as the Frenchman misses out with a groin problem.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "It is important for the team that Vincent has recovered from his injury. He is the captain and he started the season very well, not only as a defender, but he scored three important goals also."

On the downside, David Silva remains sidelined with a calf injury and Wilfried Bony is also out.

Pellegrini said of the injury list: "It doesn't seem very long - it is very long! We have had a lot of injured players.

"That is why I say it is important to have a squad because you are going to win or lose the title by just one or two points."

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