Yaya Toure happy to see Vincent Kompany back to fitness for Man City
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: 03/12/13 9:40am
Yaya Toure: Happy to see Vicent Kompany return to the fold
Yaya Toure believes the imminent return of captain Vincent Kompany will help cure Manchester City's away day woes
Central defender Kompany has been sorely missed while sidelined with a thigh injury over the past two months.
The Belgian centre-back's absence has been most keenly felt when City have played away from the Etihad Stadium, as they have struggled to replicate the attacking verve of their home performances on the road.
City have lost four out of their six away games, including surprise reverses at Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
That has highlighted defensive weaknesses but Toure is convinced they can be rectified with Kompany back in the rearguard.
Kompany has been back in training for the past week and could be in contention to return as City face away tests at West Brom and Southampton this week, and Toure will be happy to have his skipper back.
"It's a big test for us because we need to change this run and try to be at the top," added Toure.
"These couple of weeks we have shown how strong we are at home, but in this Premier League you have to do the business away as well.
"We have to stay close to the big rivals. Arsenal and Chelsea are doing well and they win away as well as home, that's the difference."
"We have to stay close to the big rivals. Arsenal and Chelsea are doing well and they win away as well as home, that's the difference.
"I hope the team can do well against West Brom and Southampton and I think it's going to be fine.
"Our captain Vincent Kompany is coming back and everything will settle down."
Meanwhile, Toure has hailed the influence of Samir Nasri with the Frenchman currently enjoying a rich vein of form for City.
Nasri scored twice in Sunday's 3-0 win over Swansea and Toure believes City boss Manuel Pellegrini is getting the best out of him.
"I think we have missed David Silva a bit as well, but Samir is unbelievable, an incredible player," added Toure.
"He had a fantastic impact against Swansea and scored two fantastic goals.
"This year we play more attacking, the focus of the team is on attack. The team play very well together and Samir has his freedom.
"When you look at him playing before at Arsenal - he has that same freedom now.
"Pellegrini allows players like him to attack and enjoy this freedom and it's fantastic for him and the club."