Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

04 June, 2018, 19:34 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Can Belgium make history

Kompany made his 77th appearance for Belgium against Portugal.

With a team full of star players, is this the year Belgium finally break through on the world stage?

Kompany is joined by Kevin De Bruyne, which should surprise no one, while Manchester City academy graduate Dedryck Boyata, who replaced Kompany against Portugal, also gets to experience the World Cup.

"He said he felt discomfort in his groin when he walked off the pitch".

Perhaps the biggest shock is that Germany have left Leroy Sane out of their final squad with the PFA Young Player of the Year in the Premier League previously expected to be a key player for Die Mannschaft this summer. And at the European Championships he was not there.

Belgium's best chance fell to defender Jan Vertonghen, earning his 100th cap, as he forced goalkeeper Beto into an acrobatic save midway through the second period.

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Belgium began with their strongest possible 11, apart from the injured Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen, and a trial three-man defence.

A Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal side withstood heavy pressure from Belgium to come away with a goalless draw.

The two potential World Cup dark horses will meet in what is sure to be a hotly contested friendly.

"Losing Vincent would be bad news", said Hazard.

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.

Prior to the World Cup, Belgium play friendly warm-up matches against Egypt on Wednesday and Costa Rica next Monday.

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