Monday 30 January 2012

Richards welcomes return of Kompany

Manchester City skipper set to face Everton on Tuesday after suspension

Vincent Kompany (right) and Joleon Lescott have formed a formidable partnership

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says the side will get a huge boost by the return of skipper Vincent Kompany.

Kompany has been suspended for the last four matches after being sent off in the FA Cup defeat against Manchester United on January 8th.

He is set to return for the Barclays Premier League match at Everton on Tuesday.

In his absence City have beaten Wigan and Tottenham in the League, but exited the Carling Cup after losing their semi-final against Liverpool 3-2 on aggregate.

"He is a leader so it will be amazing to have him back"
- Micah Richards

"He has been an unbelievable miss," said team-mate Richards, who has helped fill in at centre-back and as captain in Kompany's absence.

"He is our captain and he and Joleon (Lescott) have been our best central defensive partnership this season.

"He has played well in the big games and is a leader, so it will be amazing to have him back.

"Vinny has still been coming into the changing room before games and saying how he feels we can improve and what he would do if he was on the pitch. He has still been an influence."

The 25-year-old Kompany believes City have the ability to go undefeated in their last 16 matches as they target a first title since 1968.

"We are set up quite nicely for the finish and we're sure we're going to get even stronger in the weeks to come," he said.

"I don't see why we can’t win all of our remaining games."

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Key Points

  • Kompany was sent off after 12 minutes of FA Cup tie against Man Utd
  • Set to return to side for Barclays Premier League match against Everton
  • City are out of both cup competitions but lead League by three points