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Kompany returns to City squad

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Pellegrini hoping for winning run

Vincent Kompany is set to make his long-awaited comeback for Manchester City against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

The City captain has missed their last 10 games after suffering a thigh injury in the 3-1 win over Everton on October 5, but he returned to training last week and manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the centre-back is available again.

He said: "Kompany is in the squad list. He will travel with the team. I think he is very important because he is a very good player, our captain. He will be normally in the 11 starting."

Kompany has only played in one of City's four Premier League defeats this season - the 3-2 loss at Aston Villa - and Pellegrini believes City will benefit from his leadership.

He added: "That's why I say he is a very good defender and also the captain of the team. The whole team needs the captain. We have other captains but all the team is happy with the return of the captain. In every team, the captain must have an important role."

However, Pellegrini insisted that City's other defenders have done well in Kompany's absence. They have only conceded once in their last five domestic games, although both Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow have struck twice against them in Champions League matches.

He added: "I think in the last five games, just Sunderland scored one goal and, [in] all the other [games], we have clean sheets so all the other defenders can do well also."

City have lost four league games already this season but Pellegrini believes individual errors are one factor and feels that the outcomes have been harsh on his side.

He said: "We don't have so many problems in defending as the scores say and the results say. I think we have the third best defensive record in the Premier League. Against Aston Villa, against Cardiff and against Sunderland we made individual mistakes that decided the match but we didn't give the home team five, six, seven options [to score] each game. It is important to concentrate more."

The injured trio of Matija Nastasic, David Silva and Stevan Jovetic will all miss the trip to West Brom.

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