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The Belgian picked up a hamstring tweak during his side's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday but has resumed full training ahead of the visit of Stoke this weekend

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By Paul Clennam

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is set to play through the pain barrier and face Stoke City on Saturday despite picking up a hamstring injury, Goal can reveal.

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The City captain felt a tweak after executing a superb challenge on Lionel Messi during his side's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday, but played on for the full 90 minutes with centre-back partner Martin Demichelis sent off before the hour mark.

Kompany has worn heavy strapping on what has been a problem area for him in the past and was monitored closely by City's medical staff during training on Thursday morning.

However, the Belgian came through the session at Carrington unscathed and is now set to start when his side host Mark Hughes' men at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

City are still without Serb Matija Nastasic due to an ongoing knee injury but Micah Richards, who has not played in the league since the loss to Sunderland in November, is being considered as potential cover as well as Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott.

Nastasic has not been able to return to training despite initial hopes that he could be fit for the visit of the Potters, while Sergio Aguero is still recovering from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the loss to Barca.

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