Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

"We are going to try to use the rules in our advantage".

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", coach Roberto Martinez told a news conference, adding that it would probably take 48 hours to determine how serious the injury was.

Vincent Kompany picked up an injury as Belgium and Portugal played out a goalless draw in a World Cup warm-up match that failed to capture the home fans' imagination. Belgium coach Roberto Martínez said Kompany felt discomfort in his groin after overstretching in a challenge.

Vincent Kompany was replaced with an apparent injury as Belgium and Portugal continued their World Cup preparations with a low-key 0-0 draw in Brussels.

"The Red Devil's" open their World Cup campaign on June 18th against Panama, before facing Tunisia then England. "He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch".

Appearing in their first World Cup since 1990 The Pharaohs appear to have their superstar back, which is not only great news for Egypt but the entire World Cup.

Kompany's City teammate Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Thibaut Courtois, and Manchester United duo Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini were all included in a squad with a strong Premier League influence.

"I told him, he's done everything he could have done in the camp", Martinez said of the decision to leave Benteke out.

The Belgians will travel to Russian Federation without goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Christian Kabasele, Laurent Ciman - who has been placed on standby - and Jordan Lukaku, and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, who were all cut from the provisional squad. But it is for the balance of the squad.

  • Angelo Rivera