Vincent Kompany named in final Belgium squad for World Cup despite injury

Vincent Kompany named in final Belgium squad for World Cup despite injury

Vincent Kompany named in final Belgium squad for World Cup despite injury

Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium's 23-man World Cup squad despite picking up a groin injury during a friendly on Saturday.

There were fears Kompany would not be available for the competition after he suffered an injury in the 0-0 draw against Portugal on Saturday.

Laurent Ciman will be with the Belgium squad and is on stand-by should Kompany fail to recover in time.

"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.

The ex-Swansea, Wigan and Everton boss is prepared for the worst, with 24th man Laurent Ciman ready to step into the breach if Kompany fails to prove his fitness by June 17 - the day before Belgium's Group G opener against Panama.

"Vincent Kompany is a true leader".

"Until 24 hours before (the Panama match), we can still make a replacement", said Martinez. It's essential for us to give him every opportunity.

"Christian Benteke has been the toughest decision".

Benteke has scored three goals for club and country this season and Martinez has preferred Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea for the central striker position.

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.

Last week, footage of 23 mattresses being loaded up by a Belgian bedding company before their departure for Russian Federation had people guessing who would miss out on a place.

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