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Manchester City manager unhappy with Belgium for playing Vincent Kompany

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has reacted angrily to the Belgium manager's decision to play Vincent Kompany on Tuesday.

The defender missed Belgium's match in Macedonia on Friday but played the whole 90 minutes in their 1-0 World Cup qualifier reverse this week. It helped to keep the Red Devils top of the group and on course to make the 2014 World Cup.

However, the Italian has criticised Belgium manager Marc Wilmots for selecting the 26-year-old considering he hasn't played since the end of January.

Mancini said to BBC Sport: "He didn't play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for the Belgium team.

"I did not agree with this. I think some managers of national teams should understand the situation.

"This player plays for the club and the club, every month, pay his salary."

The Belgian has not played for City since limping off against Stoke on the 26th January and Mancini is unsure if Kompany will be available for Saturday's game at home to Newcastle.

"I don't know if he is okay or not. One week before the international break he was not fit to play for us," he added.

The City boss, however, will be boosted by the return of forward Sergio Aguero who has missed the last three games with a knee injury.

He said: "Sergio is okay. I think he could be ready for Saturday."

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