Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

VIN WAS AXED BY PEP FOR BARCA CLASH [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

VIN WAS AXED BY PEP FOR BARCA CLASH [City Region]

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VINCENT Kompany has become the latest big City name to get the chop from manager Pep Guardiola.

The Blues skipper was actually DROPPED from the matchday squad to face Barcelona on Wednesday night, after it was initially thought he was not fit to play.

City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne later confirmed that Kompany - who had played as a substitute against Everton - had been fit to play.

But he was not named in the 18-man squad despite travelling to Catalonia - with Guardiola naming 19-year-old rookie Pablo Maffeo instead.

Kompany has struggled with injury problems for the last two seasons, but during the summer the club hierarchy indicated they would give him every chance to prove he could return as a major asset. …

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