Belgium Release Official 23-Man Squad For The World Cup

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

The injury was the key talking point after Belgium's 0-0 draw with Portugal as both sides showed attacking intent but no killer blow less than two weeks before the World Cup begins.

Martinez also confirmed that Kompany will be given until the last possible moment to prove his fitness ahead of Belgium's first World Cup fixture against Panama on June 18.


Kompany has had a series of injuries over the past five seasons, although he was able play without problems for Premier League champions Manchester City from January until the end of the campaign.

"Until 24 hours before the Panama game we can still make a replacement".

"We need to wait a period of seven, eight days with Kompany".


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. "Until then, we're going to give the maximum time to see what the reaction is with Vinny", Martinez, whose team also face England and Tunisia in the group stage, told a news conference at the national team's training centre in Tubize. "His leadership is essential for us".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes there are four front-runners to win the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.


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