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Kompany ready to fight for return

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany has an upbeat report to deliver to Blues fans after his reserve team return: I'm on my way back, and I feel like I can be a better player than ever.

The Belgian international volunteered for second-string duty on Monday night after his recent lay-off and revelled in some good old-fashioned midfield scuffling against Blackburn.

Kompany smiled: "I finally got 90 minutes to run around and make some tackles and I really enjoyed it. I made a lot of good, strong challenges, which is a big part of my game.

That was the important thing for me, recovering the ball and keeping possession for the team - I had a lot of positive moments and I think I reached a decent level of performance.

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Vince has seen team-mate Nigel de Jong  lay a strong claim to the enforcer's role in central midfield alongside Gareth Barry but is upbeat about forcing his way into Mark Hughes' team.

He said: "I'm looking forward to pushing for a first-team starting place. The competition doesn't bother me. I'm just as much competition to the others. I hope to be in there in the near future.

"I'm not there yet but I'm on my way. I'm starting to feel like I did when I first joined City last season. I feel like I can maybe reach even better levels than I did then.

"I'm happy, but I'm realistic as well. I know I need to be able to perform well consistently."

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Robinho in frame for Hull return

Robinho smiling

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Johnson comeback on track

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is heading back to the fighting fitness level that will leave Mark Hughes feeling as if he's signed a new "multi-million-pound player" to boost the chase for Europe.

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Big week ahead, admits Eddie

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City head coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has admitted his frustration over dropped points as the Blues prepare for the pivotal week that could change the complexion of the season.