The good news for Manchester City is that their captain got to kick the rust off before the UEFA Champions League gets back in gear next week.
The bad news is there was plenty of rust.
On Tuesday at Newcastle, Vincent Kompany got his first start since his calf injury flared up and cost him four games on the sidelines. City drew 1-1 and, understandably, Kompany wasn’t at his best.
“It was a tough game, they are playing for their lives. You wouldn’t call it a bad draw. We need to win as many games as we can but I have seen a good Newcastle team tonight. It was a hostile environment and not a bad result.
“The hardest part of coming back from injury is getting back to the level of the Premier League. The more games you play the better you will feel. Overall it was a positive day.”
City gets Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday before hosting Real Madrid in the first leg of the UCL semifinals on April 26. That should be plenty of time, assuming he stays healthy, for City to have their captain back in form.