English Premiership

Kompany: Injury will make Stones stronger

John Stones (Getty Images)
John Stones (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany expects fellow defender John Stones to bounce back stronger from the injury he picked up on Saturday.

City cruised to a 2-0 win over Leicester City thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, but Stones had to be withdrawn in the first half after pulling his hamstring.

"Stonesy was one of the outstanding performers so far," Kompany said after the win that keeps City eight points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League standings.

"If there's one thing I can give him it's that it's something you have to go through in your career at times and there's no reason why you shouldn't come out stronger for it.

"Hopefully it's not too bad and when he comes back we'll need him as much as we'll need anyone otherwise we won't achieve all these targets we have."

Kompany himself is well versed in injuries, having been sidelined often over the past couple of seasons, but made his latest return to action against the Foxes.

The Belgium international was booked early on at the King Power Stadium for a foul on Jamie Vardy, and explained why he was happy to see yellow to help City claim a 10th consecutive Premier League win.

"I knew it was a yellow, it was early doors," Kompany said. "It was a good run from Vardy and I thought, 'Just use my joker now'.

"But then afterwards as well, what was positive was that I still managed to play virtually the entire 90 minutes with a yellow card in the back and still do what was needed for the team, put in some good challenges, put in some good tackles. So overall I was happy with my performance, especially after coming back."

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