Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vinny Derby Doubt

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Vinny Derby Doubt

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VINCENT Kompany has sparked fears ahead of Sunday's derby after pulling out of City's defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Belgian international was expected to play in Kharkiv after being rested against West Ham at the weekend.

But Pep Guardiola was forced to deploy Fernandinho in the middle of a back three when Kompany felt discomfort ahead of the 2-1 Champions League defeat.

The Blues manager is desperate to have his captain in the team to face United, believing Jose Mourinho will try to exploit the Premier League leaders aerially.

Guardiola took the risk of leaving Kompany out against West Ham, fearing he'd pick up a yellow card that would have seen him suspended for the game at Old Trafford.

Now his concern is whether the 31-year-old will feel physically up to such an intense clash.

"Kompany didn't feel good," said Guardiola. …

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