Out of the red: Roberto Mancini thrilled to have Vincent Kompany after FA make ‘right decision’ over Arsenal dismissal

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is thrilled to have captain Vincent Kompany available to face Fulham, after the Belgian had his red card rescinded.

Referee Mike Dean dismissed Kompany in City’s 2-0 win against Arsenal last weekend, but the club were successful with an appeal.

Mancini, who is certain the Football Association made the right decision, is relieved to have his skipper back in the ranks.

“I am very pleased because I think it is correct,” he said.

“The referee managed the game very well but that situation he didn’t see well because from his position he thought it was a red card.

“That tackle was not a red card.”

Mancini also welcomes back a number of other players, returning from injury and suspension.

Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri are once again available, while Jack Rodwell has finally recovered from a long injury layoff.

Mancini said: “Sergio is OK. Jack is OK and Samir after suspension. Now we are only missing Micah [Richards] and Maicon.

“I am sure Jack will be an important player for us in the future if he solves his problems.”

While Nasri and Aguero are likely to return to the thick of the action immediately, Mancini plans to use injury-prone Rodwell sparingly.

“Saturday probably for 20 minutes but not more,” he added.

City will be without Yaya and Kolo Toure for Fulham’s visit, as the brothers are representing Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

And they may face a tough task without them, as Fulham have a good record at City, having lost just three times in their last ten visits.

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