Belgium reassure Manchester City over Vincent Kompany fitness

• Marc Wilmots set to play defender in vital World Cup qualifier
• 'Mancini need not worry. We would not take a risk with a player'

Marc Wilmots has assured Roberto Mancini that Vincent Kompany is not an injury concern as the Belgium manager prepares to select the Manchester City captain for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Tuesday.

Kompany missed City's last Premier League match, the 3-0 win over Sunderland due to a calf strain and he has been having specialist treatment by Belgium's medical department.

Last season, Kompany missed three league games after injuring a calf during a Europa League tie at Sporting Lisbon in early March, with City managing to win only one of those.

But Kompany played all of Friday's 3-0 victory over Serbia and while Wilmots admitted he was happy to leave the defender out of the friendly with Holland in August, the coach is intent on playing him in what he views as a vital World Cup qualifier.

Wilmots said: "Before the friendly game against Holland, Mancini called me. I rested Kompany then. Now, it's a qualifier – that's something else. He can call me, but Vincent is fit to play. Mancini really need not worry. We would not take a risk with a player."

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