Wilmots reassures Manchester City over Kompany fitness

The Belgium boss has defended his decision to include the central defender in his squad to face Scotland on Tuesday despite arriving on international duty injured
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has reassured Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini that Vincent Kompany's fitness is not an issue.

Wilmots is set to include the centre-back in his squad for Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier against Scotland, despite the 26-year-old having missed his side's recent 3-0 win over Sunderland with a calf strain.

And, despite Kompany's club manager expressing concern about his captain's fitness, Wilmots insists he is ready to play.

"Before the friendly game against Netherlands, Mancini called me," he told reporters. "I rested Kompany then. Now, it's a qualifier - that's something else.

"He can call me, but Vincent is fit to play. Mancini really need not worry. We would not take a risk with a player."

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It is not the first time that Mancini has been critical of a national team counterpart this season, having hit out at Argentina’s decision to call-up Sergio Aguero whilst the striker was nursing a knee injury.

Belgium are in good form as they approach Tuesday’s fixture following a 3-0 victory over Serbia, and could name an unchanged side with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini the only injury concern.