Manchester City fans here at the Football Transfer Tavern are breathing a sigh of relief after Goal.com provided them with some welcome news about their inspirational skipper Vincent Kompany.
The central defender has returned to training after a spell out with injury that has seen him miss the last two games. He has returned ahead of schedule and that is news that cannot come soon enough for Roberto Mancini who has been watching despairingly from the sidelines as his team struggle to keep pace with league leaders Manchester United.
Despite desperately wanting to retain their title, City are still looking up to United who are nine points ahead of them and after Kompany missed the Liverpool and QPR draws, it is looking more and more remote. Whilst he does have an issue with calf injuries, Kompany is also known for returning in a quicker period than expected and even has ‘an outside chance’ of making the game against Southampton on the weekend.
Only five days ago, BBC Sport claimed that the 26-year-old could face three more weeks out and with Mancini knowing that his skipper – who was so pivotal in the title winning side last season – could be set to return, it will be a massive boost for the Italian. Mancini has recently witnessed fellow countryman Mario Balotelli return to Italy with AC Milan where he has started like a house on fire.