Skipper Vincent Kompany set for Manchester City return ahead of tough Newcastle United trip

By Paddy von Behr

Skipper Vincent Kompany will make his long-awaited return to Manchester City’s starting line-up when Newcastle United visit on Saturday.

The Belgian defender limped off with a calf injury in City’s FA Cup fourth round win against Stoke City on January 26.

Manager Roberto Mancini hoped his captain would only sit out for a couple of weeks, but Kompany suffered several setbacks in his recovery.

However, the 26-year-old featured for his country on Tuesday night and completed 90 minutes in Belgium’s 1-0 win over Macedonia.

The win – courtesy of a goal from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard – saw the Red Devils retain their top spot in World Cup Qualifying Group A.

Kompany will now have his sights on City’s Premier League clash with Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The captain’s return may have come too late for City’s title challenge – they now sit 15 points adrift of table-toppers Manchester United with nine games remaining.

However, Mancini will be hoping Kompany can play a key role in cementing their second-place finish and lifting the FA Cup trophy.

The defender was instrumental in City’s 2011 triumph and everyone involved at the club will see his return as a boost for their chances.

As well as Kompany’s comeback, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure could return to action, after both missing the defeat at Everton.

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