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David silva urges city to toughen up in kompany's absence

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David Silva has urged his Manchester City team-mates to step up in the absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to win the Premier League.City are not expecting Kompany back any time soon, with a persistent calf problem set to sideline the key centre-back until the "last part of the season", according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.With that in mind, midfielder Silva knows City must improve without the Belgium international if they are to win a third title in five seasons."He is a key player for us and our captain. With or without him we have to work hard to concede less. It's a duty we have to fulfil before too long. Hopefully we can do that in this New Year. It's not just the defence that defends but the whole team," Silva said ahead of City hosting Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday."It's the same when we're attacking – you need to have everyone helping out going forwards, so it's down to us all to perform our defensi…

Kompany withdraws from Belgium squad to face italy and Spain

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain.
The 29-year-old, who was not involved in full training with his country on Tuesday or Wednesday, was the subject of a club-versus-country row during the previous international break when he played in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel despite assertions from City boss Manuel Pellegrini that he was unfit because of a calf injury.
There will be no repeat of those arguments this month, though, after Belgium confirmed he had left the squad and been replaced by Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots said he considered City's wishes in making his decision.
"I don't want to overexert him, also out of respect for Manchester City,'' Wilmots said. "We have enough other options."
.@vincentkompany left the squad, out for Italy and Spain. @StevenDefour joined the group at noon.
In October, Kompany was named in the Belgiu…
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