Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has today revealed that he is closing in on a return to the pitch, following his latest injury.
31-year-old Belgian stopper Kompany has struggled badly with his fitness over the last few seasons, culminating in the Citizens being largely unable to depend on their skipper to make a significant contribution to their title challenges.
The last two campaigns have seen Kompany manage to appear in just 25 of his side’s 76 Premier League outings, with yet another injury suffered back in August having restricted the veteran to 3 league appearances this season.
However, speaking in an interview with SportsMail today, the 72-time capped international revealed that he is close to a return to full fitness:
‘I’m a grafter and I back myself. I’ll get there. At the moment, when I put my boots on I feel light, I feel good, I feel as though I am not carrying an injury and that makes me confident. I’d like to be less injured, definitely, but I wouldn’t change anything about the way I feel when I get back.’
Kompany also opened up on the mental aspect that of dealing with spending such lengthy spells on the sidelines, explaining:
‘An injury is a failure. It’s not one that you are responsible for but you always think “what could I have done better?”
‘The rehab has always been good or else I wouldn’t have come back! It’s a constant thing — looking for improvement. I look back and say if I was sleeping at 11, I’ll sleep at 10. Or if I was eating a pack of crisps a week I won’t. It is what it is. I don’t feel I should beat myself up about it.’
Manchester City return to Premier League action with a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester this Saturday at 3pm.