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City are about to enter a crucial stage of their season, and it's only September so they'll be delighted to have their captain back.

Vincent Kompany is expected to return to Manchester City’s line-up this evening in their Champions League group stage opener away to Victoria Plzen.

City’s captain suffered a groin injury against Newcastle United on the opening day of the Premier League season and the side have struggled to fill the void left by the Belgian in that time.

To City’s credit, in the past two games they have had Joleon Lescott and Mateja Nastasic lining up for them in the games against Hull City and Stoke City, and have managed to come away with a clean sheet in each fixture.

But they have at times looked awkward operating with two left-footed players at the heart of the defence in those two games, and both Stoke and Hull had their chances to punish last season’s Premier League runners-up but failed to do so.

In that sense Kompany will bring backs some balance to Manchester City’s back four, which could be a crucial factor going into their Champions League campaign, and into Sunday’s Manchester derby with near neighbours Manchester United.

City’s central defence has been somewhat unsettled without their captain, with Javi Garcia also being called upon against Cardiff City, where the Premier League newboys upset the riches of Manchester City by winning 3-2.

What Garcia doesn’t bring to the table that Kompany does is presence. Kompany stands two inches taller than his teammate and is of a bigger build. His aerial qualities were sorely missed against Cardiff as his side conceded from set-pieces, not to mention it could give goalkeeper Joe Hart that bit more certainty in front of him to have the regular centre-half back in the side as they have a built a good understanding with each other over the years.

City fans must be delighted with Kompany’s recovery at such an early yet pivotal stage of their campaign.

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