MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — An injury is the cause for Vincent Kompany being left out of the Manchester City side for today’s Barclays Premier League home clash against Sunderland, reports are saying.
The Belgian defender was a notable absentee from Roberto Mancini’s starting team and substitutes bench and reports coming in are the captain has picked up a calf injury which ruled him out.
Joleon Lescott returns to the side for Kompany as Mancini made seven changes to his team. full-back Micah Richards makes his first appearance of the season, while Aleksandar Kolarov also plays in defense.
Yaya Toure deputises as the captain with former skipper Carlos Tevez coming in alongside Mario Balotelli, Gareth Barry and James Milner.
Manchester City are hoping for a better performance from the one they had when the Premier League champions escaped with a drew with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“A lot has been made of us having the best defensive record last season. We’re six games into this season and our record is pretty much what it was last time, game for game,” City ssistant manager David Platt said on 5 live Sport.
“But we’re concerned with it and we know we’ve got to improve on it, but we’re not in crisis. We’re fourth, and we are OK. We know what we have to do to achieve and we will do so.”