Manchester City talisman Vincent Kompany says he feels “great” after making a return from injury for Belgium over the international break.
The defender returned from a four week lay-off with a calf problem as Belgium saw off Israel 3-1 on Tuesday, despite his club manager Manuel Pellegrini saying his captain should not play.
Kompany managed the first hour against the Israelis and now feels ready to make a return for the Premier League title chasers, who host Bournemouth this weekend.
“I feel great and I’m glad I got to do it,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s going again now and I’m looking forward to the next games.
“I needed to be a part of this. I play for my country. I’m proud to do it. There are no small games and I have given everything I have for City, I will always do this, but I do the same for my country.”
Kompany’s return comes as a timely boost for Pellegrini as attacking duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero both suffered injuries while in action for Spain and Argentina respectively and now face spells on the sidelines.
City are 1.33 to beat Bournemouth this weekend, while the Cherries are 9.50 to come out on top and the draw is 5.25.
Pellegrini’s side can be backed at 1.73 to win the Premier League outright or 15.00 to win the Champions League.