Man City skipper Kompany to miss Belgium friendlies in bid to regain fitness

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will sit out Belgium’s forthcoming international friendlies in order to remain with his club and attempt to shake off his long-standing injury concerns, the Daily Mail has reported.

Kompany has only made six appearances this season after beginning the campaign with a problem, playing only once in August, and then suffering another blow during the 3-1 win over Everton in early October. Kompany had to be replaced after little over half an hour of against the Toffees and has yet to return to action.

Belgium and City have rarely seen eye-to-eye over Kompany’s fitness but having already qualified for the World Cup, the national team are willing to allow the defender to stay home to receive further treatment. The Mail adds that Belgium routinely fell out with former City manager Roberto Mancini and did so last season.

Kompany has been a City player since August 2008, moving to the Premier League from Hamburg. In that time he has played more than 200 times for the club, scoring seven goals, and lifted the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title a year later.

City’s 5-2 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow came at a cost, the newspaper adds, as David Silva and Fernandinho both had to be withdrawn due to injury. However, manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted the problems were minor as City guaranteed their place in the knockout stage of the competition.

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