Manchester City manager backs his captain in spite of injury concerns

Vincent Kompany only has 13 Premier league appearances to his name this term.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed his captain Vincent Kompany, claiming his has full faith in the Belgian's ability to bounce back from his injury problems.

Pellegrini told Sky Sports: "He is a very strong player mentally so seeing him working... I think he is without any problems and he is working 100 percent with normality."

The Citizens have struggled without Kompany's reassuring presence at the back, especially when he missed a crucial six-week spell just after Christmas.

The injury jinx returned in City's Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev, and he has not played since then, although he has returned to training and is in line for a recall against Newcastle United tonight at St James' Park.

Pellegrini went on to say how he believes Kompany can play two or three games in a week, but he may have to look at other ways of improving his fitness.

"I think he's able to play two games a week," the Chilean said. "Maybe he must review a lot of things, as other players do, to try to have less injuries. But when he's fit, I think he can play two or three games a week without a problem."

City desperately need Kompany back to his best as they look to mount one final assault on the Premier League and consolidate their top four position. 

They will also need their captain to be in peak condition physically and mentally when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final next week.

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