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Pellegrini gets Kompany, Sterling boost ahead Real clash

Vincent Kompany has handed Manchester City a major fitness boost with their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on the horizon.
Captain Kompany has missed City’s last six matches with his latest calf injury but, speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Newcastle United today, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed the inspirational Belgian is ready to play some part at St James’ Park.
City then host Stoke on Saturday before the first leg of their glamour tie with Madrid next Tuesday.
“Vincent will be an important help to the defence,” Pellegrini said at Monday’s pre-match media conference.
Raheem Sterling is also back in City’s squad after a groin problem, but Pellegrini warned that his progress will be monitored before a decision is made on whether he can play against Newcastle.
However, Samir Nasri has joined David Silva (ankle), Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy (both back) on the sidelines.
“Raheem is coming back from an important injury, we’ll see if he can play some minutes today. It depends on the way he returns,” added the Chilean.
The Etihad Stadium outfit have won their last 12 top-flight meetings with the Magpies, but Pellegrini is wary of Rafael Benitez’s side, who gave their chances of staying in the Premier League a shot in the arm by beating Swansea City 3-0 on Saturday.

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