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Vincent Kompany trains ahead of Man City v Stoke

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Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany joined the First Team squad for training on Monday as their focus shifted from the weekend's win over Sunderland to Wednesday night's game against Stoke.

The Belgian defender was not in the matchday squad for the Stadium of Light trip, but Pep Guardiola suggested at last week’s press conference that he was close to a return.

The Blues trained at a sun-kissed City Football Academy as they loosened their legs in preparation for a second game in four days, with former boss Mark Hughes bringing his Potters’ squad to the Etihad Stadium for the first time this season.

Meanwhile, there was a chance for the coaching staff to join in as Guardiola played defender during a crossing drill and Mikel Arteta joined the players for a Rondo.