Kompany avoids serious injury after calf strain fear

The Manchester City captain was initially thought unlikely to take part in Thursday's friendly with Australia but Marc Wilmots has revealed he centre-back will return to training

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has avoided serious injury after missing Belgium training on Wednesday, Marc Wilmots has confirmed.

The 28-year-old was sent for a scan to determine the extent of the calf strain and has now been given the all-clear to return to training ahead of Thursday's friendly against Australia..

Wilmots tweeted: “Good news for Vincent Kompany, he will do light training tomorrow and we will then see whether he can play. Without taking any risk of course!”

Kompany has started all three of City’s Premier League fixtures this season but Manuel Pellegrini’s men are already three points behind leaders Chelsea after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke.

City completed a £31.8 million deal to sign Eliaquim Mangala from Porto last month but the France international is yet to make his debut as he remained short of fitness before the international break.

Matija Nastasic also remains at City after failing to secure a move before the close of the transfer window. Arsenal had enquired about the 21-year-old on deadline day, while Roma, Inter and Fiorentina were also keen on a deal earlier this summer.

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