Vincent Kompany injury concern after goalless draw between Belgium and Portugal

by Leon Thompson June 4, 2018, 20:14
Vincent Kompany injury concern after goalless draw between Belgium and Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was absent as he was on a break after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League.

Federation Internationale de Football Association required all nations to confirm their squads for the tournament by Monday, 4 June, and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has now made his final decision.

Vincent Kompany was replaced with an apparent injury as Belgium and Portugal continued their World Cup preparations with a low-key 0-0 draw in Brussels.

Belgium have confirmed their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup but Roberto Martinez has dropped two Premier League stars. He said: "Until 24 hours before [the first match] we can still make a replacement".

"Vincent Kompany is a leader", he said. "At that point it was the right time to come off", Martinez added.

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The three-times Premier League victor has suffered from frequent injuries throughout his career and missed out on Euro 2016, although had been playing for his club since the start of this year.

The Manchester City captain sustained what is thought to be a groin injury during the 0-0 draw at King Baudouin Stadium.

Santos expressed satisfaction after the match, saying his team had done well to keep a clean sheet against a team that set a joint record of goals in qualifying for the World Cup.

Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen missed the game, though Martinez noted that Barcelona defender Vermaelen at least appeared to be returning to fitness. But Tunisia (another of England and Belgium's World Cup opponents) had faced Portugal earlier this week and had posed a far greater threat than anything Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard could muster here.

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