Manchester City receive mixed injury news ahead of Tottenham clash with Vincent Kompany to return but midfielder set to miss out

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Manuel Pellegrini's side are set to be boosted by their influential captain's return for the clash between two of the Premier League's title contenders.

Manchester City have received mixed news on the injury front ahead of their crucial clash with Tottenham on Sunday, Sky Sports reports.

The good news for the Citizens is that Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Vincent Kompany should be available for the game against Mauricio Pochettino's side (via Sky Sports). However, City have received less positive news regarding Fabian Delph.

"Vincent is working the last three weeks without any problems. He played 45 minutes in a friendly with the U21s so I think that he is ready now to play," he told Sky Sports.

"Delph is worse as he has a problem with his Achilles tendon. He needs six or seven weeks to recover."

Losing the former Aston Villa man will be a significant blow for the Sky Blues. The midfielder would have undoubtedly been a decent option to have for the game against Spurs given the energy he brings to the side. 

But the disappointment over Delph's absence will surely be forgotten if their captain is involved at the Etihad. Kompany's brief cameo against Sunderland on Boxing Day has been his only appearance in over three months, as his problematic calf injury meant that he was forced off just nine minutes after coming on against the Black Cats.

Having the Belgian available again will provide a major lift for Pellegrini's men as they look to get a positive result against Spurs, and begin clawing back the six-point gap that stands between them and current league leaders Leicester. 

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