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Vincent Kompany hands Manchester City huge boost

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City looks dejected after the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Manchester City have been handed a huge boost as captain Vincent Kompany is fit and available for selection.

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City face Sunderland on Boxing Day at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) on the back of their 2-1 defeat at title contenders Arsenal on Monday.

Kompany, 29, has missed City’s last eight games in all competitions due to a calf injury, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men conceding 14 goals in that period.

In the eight Premier League games Kompany has played in this season, City have kept seven clean sheets and conceded just one goal. In the nine games Kompany has missed, City have conceded 18 times and kept just one clean sheet.

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Kompany’s importance to the Citizens is highlighted by that stat above and Pellegrini revealed City’s injuries are easing.

“The injury situation is better, we will have the complete squad recovered apart from Samir Nasri,” Pellegrini said. “Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando and Vincent Kompany have all worked with the squad normally. We’ll see the starting XI on Saturday, I have not decided my team yet. After that, especially with David [Silva], with Kun [Aguero], with Vincent, with Pablo, we have to see how they recover between games.”

There’s no doubt about, Kompany’s leadership at the heart of City’s defense is vital -- with Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi all at sea during the loss to Arsenal -- if they’re going to claw back the six-point deficit on league leaders Leicester City he needs to stay healthy.

Pellegrini knows it but still wants others to step up in Kompany’s absence.

“You are always missing good players. He’s the captain here and, if he doesn’t play, it’s an important player we don’t have in our squad,” Pellegrini said. “But one of the most important things of this team is to be in the all competitions, and not just depending on one player.”

Hate to break it to you Manuel, City’s success is ridiculously dependent on Kompany.

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