Football - Kompany in contention

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (groin) could return for the Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland on Boxing Day after being kept on the bench as a precaution last weekend.

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Striker Mario Balotelli (illness) could also come back into contention while left-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy will hope to overcome niggles.

Forward Samir Nasri is out with a hamstring injury while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain on the long-term casualty list.

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