Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling will return to the squad for their Premier League game against Newcastle United Tuesday night (19 April). The club's captain and their summer recruit have both been sidelined by injury problems in recent weeks, but are fit to return for the game at St James' Park against the relegation-threatened side.
Kompany has been suffering with a calf muscle injury, while Sterling has been troubled by a groin problem. Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Pelegrini revealed both men could play some part in the game against the Magpies.
"Sterling and Kompany are both in the squad," the City manager revealed, according to the club's official Twitter account. "Sterling is coming back from an important injury - we'll see if he can play some minutes tomorrow. It depends on the way he returns."
Pellegrini is especially pleased to have the club's inspirational skipper Kompany back in his squad, with City set to face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. "Vincent will be an important help for the defence. It's been a very important season and we have to keep fighting for important things," the City boss said.
Meanwhile, Pellegrini confirmed Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, David Silva and Samir Nasri will all miss the game due to injury. However, he insisted the injury to Nasri - who has just returned to the first team - will not keep him out of action for too long. "Nasri was feeling well. It's a small muscle injury, it's not too important - we'll see how many days he's out for," Pellegrini said prior to the trip to the north east.