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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany likely to return against Crystal Palace

Not bad to have your best defender back when the defense is bad!

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Manchester City is not doing so well defensively, so maybe it's good to have the best defender at the club coming back from injury, right?

Captain Vincent Kompany is likely to make his return in the FA Cup fourth round match at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, according to City manager Pep Guardiola:

"He is fit. That is the most important thing. He is training and he feels good.

"The factor (we have to consider) is that he has not played for a long time and we have to evaluate his condition. He has a lot of experience and I think he will handle (returning) as quick as possible.

"Sooner or later we are going to have to take a risk. In the next games he is going to try and play. I don't know if it is going to be [Saturday] or afterwards."

Source: Mirror

Pep says he 'doesn't know' if Kompany will play on Saturday, but it's the perfect opportunity. It's the FA Cup, and it's quite clear that this will be City's third priority this season. Finishing in the Premier League top four and going far in the UEFA Champions League are the most important things for Guardiola, so playing Kompany alongside John Stones against Palace may be the best opportunity for them to gain confidence and earn minutes in the biggest matches.

Ironically enough, it was against Palace at Selhurst Park that Kompany suffered his latest injury in a collision with Claudio Bravo that hurt the Belgian captain's knee.

Maybe it is against Palace that Kompany begins an injury-free streak of matches until the end of the season...