Kompany, Sterling to return from injury for Man City vs. Newcastle

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Manchester City will be getting a big boost for the final stretch of the season as both Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling are back in the team after recovering from injuries.

Kompany is expected to be in the starting XI with Sterling likely on on the bench when City face Newcastle on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

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City have five matches remaining in the Premier League, but much of their focus is on their position in the Champions League semifinal, set to face Real Madrid next week.

Speaking to the media during his Friday press conference, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the return of his two starters, but also revealed that David Silva and Samir Nasri will miss out on the Newcastle match.

Sterling and Kompany are both in the squad. Vincent will be an important help for the defence. It’s been a very important season and we have to keep fighting. Sterling is coming back and we’ll see if he can play some minutes tomorrow.

Sagna, also Clichy [are both back], Silva [ankle] and Nasri are out. Nasri – it’s a small muscle injury, it’s not too important, we’ll see how many days he’s out for.

Kompany, City’s captain and center-back, has not played in over a month while nursing a calf injury that has hampered him throughout the season. One of the most important players in the side, Kompany’s presence on the back-line is crucial in City’s drive for Champions League success.

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With a match against struggling Newcastle on Tuesday, Pellegrini may choose to take caution with his team selection ahead of their date with Real Madrid. David Silva will sit out his third consecutive Premier League match with Pellegrini determined to have his side in top health heading into the Champions League semis.