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Manchester City could welcome back captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham.
Kompany limped out City's 4-1 win over Sunderland on St Stephen's Day just ten minutes after coming on as second-half substitute for Nicolas Otamendi, shaking his head to the City bench in disappointment as he headed for the tunnel.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini hinted that the club captain could be sidelined until 'the last part of the season' but he has trained well and is in contention to feature when Spurs visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
"We'll see what the starting XI is – we're not just thinking about one player and one game, we're involved in a lot of competitions. Maybe we have a lot of criticism when we don't play well but I'm happy with the squad over the whole season," Pellegrini told a news conference.
City have struggled without their captain, who has managed just eight starts in the league this season, but Pellegrini is confident he is ready to return for the final months of the campaign.
"You've seen Kompany play for so many years I don't have to say what qualities he brings, he's one of the best defenders in the league," he said.
"Every player must play a game when they're 100 per cent. Vincent has worked for three weeks with no problems. He played 45 minutes in a friendly game against the Under-21s and I think he's ready to play."
While Kompany is ready to return, Pellegrini has revealed that full-back Bacary Sagna (knee) and Fabian Delph (ankle) have been ruled out.
"Sagna, (Eliaquim) Mangala, Delph, (Samir) Nasri, (Jesus) Navas, (Kevin) De Bruyne and (Wilfried) Bony are out," Pellegrini said.
"Bacary had last week a problem in his knee - some liquid in his knee. He needs an injection and one week at least to return to work.
"Delph is worse as he has a problem with his Achilles tendon. He needs six or seven weeks to recover.
"It's difficult with so many injuries in the same position. Unfortunately, that's part of the season and we must try to manage with the players we have."