After missing almost a month of action for Manchester City through injury, Vincent Kompany was back in action on Tuesday by playing in Belgium’s 3-1 win against Israel which meant that they also secured top spot in the group.
After finally returning to competitive action after a frustrating spell on the sidelines with a calf injury sustained last month, Vincent Kompany says he felt “great” after playing for Belgium against the wishes of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The City captain played almost an hour as not only did the Red Devils secure top spot in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, but Mark Wilmots’ side also climbed ahead of Argentina and Germany to the top of the FIFA rankings with the 3-1 victory.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted his skipper to sit out the international clashes to avoid hampering the defender’s recovery from a calf injury. Despite his manager’s desire, Kompany had no regrets about facing the Israelis in his first appearance for almost a month.
The centre-back said: “I feel great and I’m glad I got to do it. It’s about going again now and I’m looking forward to the next games. I needed to be a part of this. I play for my country and I’m proud to do it. There are no small games and I have given everything I have for City, I will always do this, but I do the same for my country.”
In appearing for the first time since playing for City in their Champions League defeat to Juventus on the 15th September, the City captain came away from the match unscathed and with no fresh problems with his calf.
He added: “It’s going really well. I am also happy that I could take my place today. I am ready for what awaits.”
A bargain at £2.52 on Football INDEX, the lynch-pin of the Manchester City defence is finally back to his best this season after an indifferent campaign last time around and City fans will no doubt be delighted to see him back fit and healthy and ready to aid their challenge for the title.