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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany says he is finally playing injury-free

Belgium defender started against Burnley - his second start in 10 games since suffering calf strain

The career of Vincent Kompany, left, has been badly hampered by fitness issues, but he refuses to let the recurring setbacks beat him. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
The career of Vincent Kompany, left, has been badly hampered by fitness issues, but he refuses to let the recurring setbacks beat him. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he is now playing injury-free.

The influential Belgium defender returned to City's starting line-up in the Premier League leaders' 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

It was just his second start in 10 games since suffering a calf strain - the latest in a long line of injuries - during City's win at Newcastle on December 27.

The 31-year-old player's career has been badly hampered by fitness issues, particularly in the past three seasons, but he refuses to let the recurring setbacks beat him.

"I played at Cardiff too and I've been training," Kompany said. "It's like anything, you stick to the programme and make sure you get up to fitness as quickly as you can. Luckily enough for me that always happens pretty quickly.

"Now I'm in a good place. I feel good whenever I play. It's just a case of getting the lungs back as quick as you can, but that happens with time."

With City not in action again until Leicester visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, manager Pep Guardiola has given the squad three days off.

Given his lack of action, Kompany may not be in as much need of rest as his teammates but, looking ahead to a busy run-in with quadruple-chasing City and the World Cup, he is not complaining.

"Hopefully it's going to be a busy summer for me so I'll take it. With a week in between this and the next game I can prepare well," he said.

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