Before World Cup, another injury fear for Belgium’s Kompany

Virginia Santiago
June 4, 2018

Former Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj and West Bromwich's Nacer Chadli were the surprise inclusions, while Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman remains on standby for Kompany.

As part of his break following the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent as Portugal drew with Belgium in a friendly on Saturday evening.

Kompany dealt with persistent injury problems this season and only played in 17 Premier League games during Manchester City's title-winning campaign.

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Vincent Kompany has been included in the Belgium squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup despite concerns over his fitness, while Christian Benteke has not made the final cut. Still, he's heading to Russian Federation and Belgium certainly have plenty of cover in that area of the pitch with Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen all in the squad, plus Laurent Ciman on stand-by.

You can see the full squad below... "He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch".

"He is a true leader - his leadership is essential for us", the Spaniard added.

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"Until 24 hours before we can still make a replacement", he said.

Manchester United man Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead the line, while Chelsea's Batshuayi will offer stiff competition for a starting spot after recovering from an ankle problem.

It was defences on top for the majority of Saturday's clash of the European heavyweights at the King Baudouin Stadium, goalkeepers Beto and Thibaut Courtois untested during a flat first half.

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Matz Sels and Christian Kabasele have also been left out of the final 23, as has Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, a decision Martinez described as the toughest he had to make.

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