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Kompany could feature for City on Wednesday

ESPN staff
November 29, 2013
Vincent Kompany has not featured for Manchester City since the start of October © PA Photos

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is finally fit again after eight weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

But manager Manuel Pellegini suggested the defender, who is short of first-team football after a long lay-off, will sit out Sunday's home game against Swansea.

The Belgian, who was injured playing against Everton on October 5, could make his comeback against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Pellegrini said: "Vincent Kompany is fit. Maybe he is not ready to play next Sunday but next week I think he will be without any problems."

Midfielder David Silva and striker Stevan Jovetic are set to sit out their next three matches with calf injuries but should be available again for City's final Champions League group game in the Allianz Arena.

Pellegrini added: "I think they will be fit when we play against Bayern Munich."

However, centre-back Matija Nastasic's calf problem is set to keep him out for a further three weeks. The Serb came off at half-time in Sunday's 6-0 win over Tottenham.

"I think three weeks [more]," said Pellegrini, who welcomes back midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Pellegrini praised goalkeeper Joe Hart for his performance in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen.

The England international had been on the bench for the previous five games after being dropped but, with Costel Pantilimon rested, Hart was recalled.

Pellegrini said: "I think Joe Hart, played very, very well the other day. He had a good performance. We trust a lot in him and we will see who will start on Sunday."

However, Pantilimon is likely to return in goal against a Swansea side who are likely to be without both Michu and Wilfried Bony.

City have scored 13 goals in their last two league games, beating Norwich 7-0 and Tottenham 6-0, but Pellegrini feels it is unlikely that they will carry on getting the same number of goals.

He said: "For me the most important thing is to win the next match. If we can win 1-0, perfect. If we can score eight goals, also perfect. We are going to try always to be an attacking team but also a balanced team.

"I think the way we played against Tottenham is the way this team must play, especially the second half. We are not always going to score seven goals. If we play not only scoring but pressing with speed, it is the team I want to see every Sunday."

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