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Vincent Kompany backs former teammate John Stones to rediscover his form at Manchester City

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'He's top class and has a bright future': Vincent Kompany backs former teammate John Stones to rediscover his form at Manchester CityJohn Stones is ready to ease Manchester City's defensive crisis at Norwich CityThe Premier League champions have had Aymeric Laporte ruled out injured Stones has taken part in full training and is ready to return from a thigh injury

John Stones is ready to silence his doubters after a troubling six months, predicted former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

The central defender has started just four Premier League games since February and was criticised for a high-profile blunder during England's Nations League summer defeat by Holland.

Stones is back in contention for Saturday's trip to Norwich after suffering a thigh injury and Kompany believes the 25-year-old can reignite his City career.

John Stones is ready to answer Manchester City's defensive SOS at Norwich City this weekend

'John's such a bright future and he's already achieved a lot, let's not forget that,' Kompany said. 'He's not a young defender anymore that hasn't got any experience.

'The one thing I wish for him is consistency - consistency of games and consistency of fitness - and then he will show the world how good he is.

'If City can win a Champions League, all of a sudden he'll mentioned in a completely different category.'

Stones has endured complications in his personal life too, with City offering any help he requires off the pitch. With Aymeric Laporte out for months with a knee injury, he will partner Nicolas Otamendi in defence.

The central defender has started just four Premier League games since February

'He just has to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he'll be fine,' Kompany added. 'I've not seen signs of weakness I need to be worried about. He's just a top-class defender. If now he gets to play games things will sort themselves out, no doubt.'

Kompany also revealed his decision to leave the Etihad Stadium after 11 years was in part down to his injury problems. The Anderlecht player-manager suggested the next potential comeback may have been one too many.

'How many more battles can you fight? It was pushing the odds,' he said. 'You need to wake up every morning and just be at your physical peak. There aren't many places around the world like that but the demand here is as such.. I would never have accepted a decline from myself.

'It's a matter of survival at this club. If this club doesn't have this kind of high standards, there's no way it'd be able to compete in all the competitions. I mean winning five out of the last six domestic trophies in the last two years is outrageous really.'  

Vinvcent Kompany called time on his career at Manchester City due to his injury problems

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