Belgium's Vincent Kompany injury doubt for World Cup after hurting groin

Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has chose to take the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Nacer Chadli to the World Cup this summer, while the injured Vincent Kompany has been included despite injury.

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", Martinez said.

"We need to make the final squad 24 hours before Panama [on June 18] so, until then, we're going to try to give the maximum time to see what the reaction is with Vinny".

Coach Roberto Martinez, who is set to name his final 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, said Kompany felt discomfort in his groin. They open their World Cup campaign on June 18 against Panama, before also facing England and Tunisia in Group G.

The pair play on the left and right of the back three respectively with Vincent Kompany between them, although Kompany had to come off injured last night and was replaced by Dedryck Boyata.


Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels, Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku, Watford's Christian Kabasele and Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke were the men to be cut from the initial 28-man selection.

TALKING POINT - How serious is Vincent Kompany's injury? "He's been working very hard in the camp, played in a fantastic manner against Portugal".

"I expect a lot from him", said Martinez.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has named the four countries he believes will be among the favourites at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and also made a claim about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. "But we wanted to take two No. 9s for the balance of the squad".

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