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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kompany close to City return

Vincent Kompany.
Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is expected to be back in training within the next seven to 10 days, boss Pep Guardiola has revealed.

The 31-year-old centre-back has visited doctor Ramon Cugat in Barcelona in an attempt to get to the bottom of his latest injury issue.

Kompany has not featured for City since August having sustained a calf problem, with Guardiola admitting last week he was unsure when the Belgian would be available.

However, speaking ahead of today's trip to West Brom, Guardiola said: "It's much better," the City manager said. "I think in the next one week to 10 days, he'll be coming back. It's a muscular injury."

Prior to November's international break, City face Napoli in a midweek Champions League encounter before hosting Arsenal on the Sunday, by which point Kompany may have returned to training.

While City will be bidding to win an eighth straight Premier League game, some of their star juniors are set to be involved in the Under-17 World Cup final when England face Spain in India.

Captain Joel Latibeaudiere, goalkeeper Curtis Anderson and midfielder Phil Foden all played in the semi-final victory over Brazil.

Of that trio, Foden (17) is garnering the most attention - he has been on the City bench.

Guardiola revealed he decided not to recall the midfielder from the tournament so he could be involved in Tuesday's League Cup clash against Wolves, saying: "We believe that when these guys have the opportunity to play in a World Cup, it's an amazing opportunity to compete at a high level at their age, in a big competition and grow."

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