Having played such a key role in City’s historic title success last term, supporters have been keeping their fingers crossed over the fitness of defender Vincent Kompany. The former Hamburger SV man has been struggling with a calf problem for the past couple of weeks, yet has now returned to training and should be available for Sunday’s Community Shield fixture against Chelsea.
Kompany’s pre-season began in disastrous fashion after the Belgium defender was forced to leave the club’s tour of Asia prematurely after picking up the injury. This means that the player has not played since the end of July and there were concerns that he would not make it in time for the start of City’s title-defence. Fortunately, after managing to come through a full training session unscathed, the skipper is now back in contention for Sunday’s outing. However, with Roberto Mancini undoubtedly putting more emphasis on the league, it remains to be seen whether or not he will risk including the 26-year-old.
In other news, Kompany has also claimed he is desperate for more silverware at the Etihad Stadium. Speaking to the Express, the player said, “We have laid foundations and now we want to win more. Now is the time to build the culture of winning. If we do that then we can be one of the most successful clubs for a long time.”
City’s campaign starts as they face Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday, with the Blues looking to make amends for their defeat in the event just twelve months ago. Despite the whole footballing community expecting Mancini to splash the cash this summer, the club have kept the purse strings tight and have not bought a single player since their title victory. With rumours constantly circulating about incoming players, it remains to be seen if the situation will stay like it is before the Premier League kicks off next week.