After taking part in full training ahead of Manchester City‘s crucial Champions League game against Roma, Vincent Kompany and David Silva are on course to return to City’s starting line-up for tonight’s group E decider.
With Yaya Toure serving the second game of a three-match suspension after picking up a red card against CSKA Moscow and Sergio Aguero ruled out for up to six weeks with knee ligament damage after suffering injury against Everton in the Premier League at the weekend, City are already without two of their most influential players.
By Russell Cane – @FFStrategist
With further anxiety over the fitness of two more key men, Kompany and Silva, who were carrying hamstring and knee injuries respectively, City could have been lining up with all four missing.
But positive news of the progress that both players have made in their recovery has been welcomed by all connected to the club.
Kompany and Silva were omitted from the weekend’s squad in City’s 1-0 home win over Everton and, facing late fitness tests ahead of tonight’s pivotal clash with Roma, it is hoped that both will be named by Pelligrini in the starting XI.
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In the Champions League this season captain Vincent Kompany has won 73% of tackles, made 3.6 interceptions per game and won 67% of his aerial duels.
David Silva has a 89% pass completion rate, has made an average of three chances in each match he has featured and has made 78% of his attempted dribbles.
A win or score-draw will be enough for City providing CSKA Moscow do not match or better either result in Munich when they face already crowned group E winners Bayern Munich.
Roma lost 7-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to Bayern Munich earlier in group E, however in the league it has been a different story for the Italian giants. After seven wins from seven home games, Sassuolo managed to claim a draw on Saturday, giving City hope that a positive result is possible in Italy.
If Kompany and Silva feature in Wednesday’s match it will give City that extra boost needed to get the result required and make it through to the knockout stages.