Vincent Kompany provides update on the fitness of Josh Brownhill, Anass Zaroury and Jay Rodriguez
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The 27-year-old, who was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of the Season award, suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in the 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
The ex-Bristol City man had been withdrawn in the goal-less draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road last month when landing awkwardly on the artificial turf that carpeted the perimeter of the pitch.
He rolled the same ankle against the Blades, and was subsequently replaced by Samuel Bastien in the 77th minute, before receiving immediate treatment from medical staff in the technical area.
Anass Zaroury was also missing from the 18-man matchday squad for the top-of-the-table clash on Easter Monday, but the Morocco international should be good to go on Saturday having been battered and bruised against Boro at the Riverside.
“Both have given positive feedback," confirmed Kompany. "Whether Browney will be fit for the weekend or not, we’ll see, but it’s not as bad as last time he rolled his ankle for sure.
“Anass is fit and available if he gets through tomorrow’s training session alright.”
Meanwhile, the Manchester City legend suggested that striker Jay Rodriguez isn't far away from making a return to action.
The homegrown goal-scorer, 34, hasn't featured since late-January when the Clarets drew 0-0 with Ipswich Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Portman Road.
But Kompany is hopeful that he'll get some minutes under his belt before the season is out. “We think he’s fine, we think he’s nearly there," he said.
"He’s training well and I think it’ll just be a decision on a little bit of game time and seeing when is the right moment to fit him in, because he has been off the pitch for quite a considerable amount of time, but he’s nearly there so that’s good news for us.”