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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Belgium handed huge injury setback as Vincent Kompany looks set to miss World Cup with groin injury

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez faces an anxious wait on Vincent Kompany's fitness after the defender picked up a groin injury in Saturday's goalless stalemate with Portugal.

The injury-prone Manchester City skipper was subbed off 10 minutes into the second half after over-stretching for a challenge before telling Martinez he felt 'discomfort' in the friendly encounter at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Martinez, who will name his final 23-man squad he will be taking to the World Cup on Tuesday, will now wait until Monday before deciding whether Kompany will be one of the names who will be on the plane to Russia.


Vincent Kompany (right) picked up a groin injury during the goalless stalemate with Portugal

The injury-prone defender was subbed off in the second half after over-stretching for a tackle

Speaking after the game Roberto Martinez said: ‘With Vinnie we will need to assess him tomorrow [on Sunday]. He felt his groin slightly. Tomorrow he will have a scan and we will need to wait 48 hours. 

'We need to let it settle down and then see. It is one of those blows nobody deserves. Since day one he has worked at an incredible level. He has tried to drive the team forward and taken responsibility. 

'It has been a joy and you wouldn’t want to break that. When he came off we were all very much worried, particularly because it is so close to naming the final squad. 

Roberto Martinez faces an anxious wait on Kompany's fitness ahead of the World Cup in Russia

'We need to remain neutral in our judgement. He told me he felt discomfort and he knows his body well. He knows when something is not right. We will name the squad on June 4.’ 

Martinez's men were whistled by their own fans after their sluggish performance on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils face Egypt and Costa Rica in friendlies before the World Cup gets underway in two weeks time. 

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