Kom­pany could be back for cup clash

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI si­mon.bajkowski@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @sp­ba­jko

VIN­CENT Kom­pany could make his City re­turn at the Hawthorns on Wed­nes­day af­ter re­turn­ing to first team train­ing.

The Bel­gian has been side­lined since the in­ter­na­tional break when he picked up a prob­lem dur­ing Bel­gium’s 9-0 win over Gi­bral­tar.

But he was back with the squad yes­ter­day ahead of this af­ter­noon’s Pre­mier League game at Wat­ford.

While to­day’s game will come too soon for the 31-year-old, he could make his re­turn in the League Cup tie at West Brom in mid­week.

“[He] came back and trained with us to­day,” said Guardiola. “He’s not fit [for Wat­ford] but I think in the next days he will be able to play again.” Kom­pany’s ab­sence has not af­fected City’s re­sults.

They have kept two clean sheets in two games since the in­ter­na­tional break, and Eder­son has been a com­mand­ing pres­ence in goal.

Few ex­pected him to keep his place against Feyeno­ord af­ter be­ing stretchered off against Liver­pool, but the keeper won over the coach­ing staff with his de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“He still has the stitches,” said Guardiola. “He made one train­ing ses­sion be­fore the game with Xabi [Man­cisidor] and he trained well.

“He told us he wanted to play so that’s why he played. He’s strong.”

City have only man­aged kept three suc­ces­sive clean sheets once be­fore un­der Guardiola, achieved back in March.

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