Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vin's Injury Blamed on International Comeback

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vin's Injury Blamed on International Comeback

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MANUEL Pellegrini believes Vincent Kompany is paying the price for his decision to play for Belgium against City's wishes.

The Chilean reopened the row over his captain's controversial appearance for his country in October, when only just recovering from a calf injury.

Kompany (pictured) recovered, but is currently sidelined with a fresh calf problem that has kept him out since the start of last month.

And Pellegrini clearly believes the 29-yearold's progress has been hindered by making an early return for Belgium.

"I always think it was a risk when he returned from the national team, not in this last time when he didn't play the other time it was too soon for him to play, but they take another decision," he said.

"I hope that it will be an example for the future. …

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