Kompany has to pace comeback

Vincent Kompany says he is motivated to return to his best after making his Manchester City return in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Belgian was expected to be ready to face Barcelona, after six months out injured, and was introduced for a minute of action as a late substitute for Ilkay Gundogan in their previous Premier League clash with Everton.

But he ultimately didn't make the bench for the Champions League tie, ahead of playing 78 minutes against the Saints.

But leading up to the English Football League Cup match against Manchester United on Wednesday night, Kompany says he is at the mercy of the club's medical staff when it comes to being declared fit to play.

Kompany, who made his first top-flight start since April, having been injured no less than 34 times during his stay at the Etihad, told Sky Sports: "My situation is very simple. I've been out for six months.

"I've had to make one commitment to the medical staff, which was that I'd be honest towards them with my feelings, and that I would listen to them when they made a decision.

"I told them how I felt the day before the game and they made the decision for me. I wanted to play, of course, that wasn't even in doubt, but I've just made this commitment to listen to them a little bit more."

A determined Kompany added: "I know what I have to do to be back at my level.

"Motivation only keeps going up because I feel like I belong on the pitch and I deserve to have good moments because of how I've worked every single day to come back."