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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany making strides in frustrating fitness battle


Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

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Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has stepped up his comeback from injury after returning to training with the squad.

The club have released images of the 29-year-old back on the training field accompanied with a positive update on his fitness on their website.

The influential Belgium defender has been hampered by all-too-familiar calf problems this season and has not featured since an abortive comeback attempt against Sunderland on Boxing Day.

Kompany managed just nine minutes in that 4-1 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium - his only action in City's last 19 matches.

There has been doubt over when Kompany might return, but manager Manuel Pellegrini said last week that Kompany could be back in a fortnight.

Kompany's current lay-off is his 12th with a calf injury since the start of the title-winning 2011-12 campaign and the player has seen specialists.

Pellegrini is likely to give an update today ahead of tomorrow's top-of-the table clash against Leicester. That will come just four days after Pellegrini revealed he will be leaving City at the end of the season and the club announced he will be replaced by Pep Guardiola.

Football administration officer Brian Marwood said: "We are focusing on supporting Manuel and the team for the remainder of the season.

"We have a lot of high-profile games coming up and they come thick and fast in all competitions. It is an exciting time also for the club and we want to focus on the now and we will leave the later for some time else."

Belfast Telegraph