Kidd has no Kompany concerns

  • Last Updated: May 24 2013, 15:18 BST

Manchester City caretaker manager Brian Kidd has played down concerns over the long-term fitness of Vincent Kompany.

Vincent Kompany: Featured against Chelsea
Vincent Kompany: Featured against Chelsea

Kompany was sidelined for two months at a crucial stage of the Premier League campaign after suffering a calf injury in an FA Cup tie at Stoke in January.

The 27-year-old's return took longer than expected and eventually sparked a club-versus-country row between former manager Roberto Mancini and Belgium.

Kompany has also been troubled by similar problems in the past but Kidd played down concerns after the defender played the first half of City's first post-season friendly against Chelsea in St Louis.

Kidd said: "After the FA Cup final he was feeling his calf and he didn't do any training.

"In the Reading game, we were desperate to get a point to finish second - it would have been a travesty if the lads hadn't done that, so that was paramount - but Vinny had the problem with the calf and couldn't make it.

"Vinny was obviously wanting to play the last game of the season but for one game it wasn't worth the risk.

"It's great to have your captain back and here was fantastic but coming up to the Norwich game he had one day on Saturday and it wasn't worth taking the chance."

Mancini had previously suggested Kompany could need an operation if the problem persists but Kidd denied that would be necessary.

Kidd also added that another centre-back, Matija Nastasic, was also still struggling with the problem that kept has kept him out since the FA Cup final loss to Wigan.

He said: "Matija didn't travel. We left him back in New York to have treatment."

City play Chelsea again in the second of two matches at Yankees Stadium in New York on Saturday.

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