Kompany resting, not injured

Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots has dismissed suggestions that skipper Vincent Kompany is carrying an injury after he sat out of training for a second day.

The Manchester City defender was absent when his team-mates trained on Wednesday ahead of their friendly fixtures against Italy and Spain, having sat out of training on Tuesday too.

However, Wilmots has said that there is no truth in the speculation that Kompany is injured, asserting that the City captain is simply resting as part of a personalised training plan.

"Vincent Kompany, Laurent Depoitre, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are following an individual programme of rehabilitation indoors," Wilmots told reporters.

"This will probably also be the case tomorrow. What matters now is the mental and physical regeneration.

"It's important to recover as much as possible about the two games against Italy and Spain. That's why they are rested."

City manager Manuel Pellegrini was left fuming after the last international break in October when Kompany turned out for Belgium despite missing five club matches due to a calf injury.

Wilmots has insisted that the decision to play Kompany against Israel was done so in consultation with the player and suggested that the centre-back had returned to City in better shape than when he reported for international duty.

"I think we did exactly what we had to do," Wilmots explained.

"In this case a player and a manager had a conversation and agreed playing for 60 minutes would be the best preparation. Vincent agreed and we made the decision together.

"His situation is that he is a top professional player of 30 years who knows exactly what he needs to do to be fit. I allow him to work how he wants.

"Many players come here injured and return healthy and match fit. I don't think we can do any better."

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