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Wilmots defies Manchester City: Kompany will play for Belgium against Israel

16:53 GMT+3 03/10/2015
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Despite the centre-back's recent injury, the 46-year-old believes he will be fit enough to play a part in his nation's final Euro 2016 qualifier in little over two weeks

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has risked another showdown with Manchester City by declaring his desire to select Vincent Kompany for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel, stating his injury is "injury is not that serious".

Kompany, captain for his club and national team, has been sidelined since sustaining a calf injury during City's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Juventus in September.

The 29-year-old has missed every game for his side since then, and will likewise sit out Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle United.

He is therefore a surprise inclusion in Belgium's squad for the final two matches of their qualification campaign, given City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Kompany "cannot" play for Belgium but that he was happy for him to join up with his team-mates under a watching brief for the games against Andorra and Israel.

Wilmots felt the first game comes too soon and they would avoid taking unnecessary risks, but told reporters that there is a "big chance" of Kompany playing in the Israel match.

"I talked to Vincent on the phone," Wilmots told reporters. "His injury is not that serious, there is no burst. On Monday he starts to run again.

"He won't play on Saturday against Andorra, but there's a big chance that against Israel he will be fit to play.

"Anyway, I wanted Vincent with us, he will follow his schedule with us. But we won't take risks with him."

The potential club-versus-country stand-off has echoes of when Kompany played for Belgium against Macedonia in March 2013 despite not having featured in two months for City.

Pellegrini's predecessor, Roberto Mancini, then voiced his displeasure publicly.