Ice and rest heal Vincent Kompany’s injury as Manchester City captain set to join Matija Nastasic in Wigan trip

By Dean Wilkins

There’s nothing that a bit of ice and rest won’t heal as Vincent Kompany is declared fit for Manchester City’s derby clash with Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

The Blues’ captained suffered a hefty knock during last week’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid but battled back for their trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

And after an outstanding performance to help keep a clean sheet against free-scoring Chelsea, first-team coach David Platt insists that the Belgian centreback is ready to take charge during City’s trip to the DW Stadium.

“It’s not a case of it being too much at all,” said Platt. “Vinnie would have still been feeling the effects of the injury that he picked up last Wednesday in the game but he got through the game and got through it very well.

“There were no after effects, he iced it straight afterwards as a precaution.

“We don’t really have any concerns for him tomorrow night.”

The 26-year-old will reignite his partnership alongside teenager Matija Nastasic – who has started City’s last seven matches and forced international regulars Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure onto the bench.

And despite Lescott returning from injury, the 19-year-old’s impressive performance have impressed Platt and Roberto Mancini is set to extend his run in the first-team.

“That is testament to [Nastasic],” added Platt. “The first couple of games he has had to get used to English football but he has done that very quickly.

“The really, really good performance – he has had several good ones, but the real one where it might have been a bit alien to him – was when we went down to West Ham.

“You knew the ball was coming in, they were hitting the diagonal balls towards Andy Carroll and I thought he acquitted himself exceptionally well.

“You get that a lot in the Premier League that you don’t get in Serie A and it shows there is an old head on young shoulders to adapt to that.”

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