Vincent Kompany looks set to start only his second match of 2017, with reports claiming that the Manchester City club captain will play against Huddersfield in the FA Cup.
The centre back has endured a nightmare 18-month spell with a number of long term injuries, but is ready to take up his place in City's defensive line at the Kirklees Stadium for their fifth round encounter with the Championship outfit, according to the Daily Mirror.
Kompany last featured for City in his side's 3-0 FA Cup success over Crystal Palace three weeks ago, and has been used sparingly by Pep Guardiola due to the ease with which he has picked up knocks and strains in the last one and a half seasons.
Pep Guardiola is set to hand skipper Vincent Kompany only his second start of the year in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Huddersfield. [Mirror]— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) February 16, 2017
The 30-year-old has suffered 10 injuries since December 2014, with a troublesome hamstring keeping him out of action for eight matches between the 2014 festive fixture period and mid-January.
Kompany managed to return for a spell before a calf strain in November 2015 resulted in another period on the treatment table - the resultant muscle injury keeping him sidelined for five months last term.
Groin strains and a knee injury have further compounded Kompany's misery in recent months, and the Belgium international has now figured just 28 times in the last 18 months for City as a result.
Guardiola and his charges face Monaco at the Etihad Stadium in their Champions League last-16 encounter on Tuesday and, with such a high-profile game to come just days after the clash with Huddersfield, the Catalan is expected to ring the changes in a bid to rest other key personnel.
Out-of-favour goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is expected to return in goal for the trip to Yorkshire, while Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy and Fabien Delph could also be handed opportunities to impress.
Sergio Aguero, who has had to play second fiddle to new arrival Gabriel Jesus in recent matches, is also likely to lead the line with the news that the Brazil international's season is over after he suffered a fractured metatarsal in City's Premier League win over Bournemouth on Monday.
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