Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

However, the Manchester City man has been deemed fit enough to be included in Roberto Martinez's travelling party.

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

"The situation is very clear, we're going to use the rules to our advantage".

An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday's goalless draw against Portugal.

Kompany made his 77th appearance for Belgium against Portugal. It's essential for us to give him every opportunity. 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. "He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch".

It's the supporting cast to the centre-forward where Belgium have tremendous depth, though, as they have a set of attacking midfielders capable of rivalling any side in world football.

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.

"I won't bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he's put in so much effort and is exhausted".

The Belgians will travel to Russian Federation without goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Christian Kabasele, Laurent Ciman - who has been placed on standby - and Jordan Lukaku, and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, who were all cut from the provisional squad. "But we wanted to take two No. 9s for the balance of the squad".

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