Belgium's Vincent Kompany sent for scan amid fears he could miss World Cup
Belgium Belgiumâs Vincent Kompany sent for scan amid fears he could miss World Cup â¢ Kompany suffered groin injury in draw with Portugal
â¢ Roberto MartÃnez: âHe knows when something is not rightâ
Influential Belgium defender Vincent Kompany is to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a groin injury he picked up Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with Portugal, amid fears he could be ruled out of the World Cup in Russia.
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Manager Roberto MartÃnez, who is set to name his final 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, said Kompany felt discomfort in his groin.
If Kompany is sidelined for the World Cup that begins later this month, it would be the second straight major tournament he has missed after sitting out the 2016 European Championship with a leg injury.
âWith Vinnie, we will need to assess him on Sunday,â said Martinez
âHe 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.
âIt has been a joy and you wouldnâ 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.
âWe 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.â
âYou donât want to lose players like Vincent,â he later told Belgian broadcaster VTM after Saturdayâs match in Brussels. âThereâs the experience ... thereâs a little bit the knowhow, thereâs the communication on the pitch. I think that understanding - knowing whatâs expected in big games and big moments is important so you donât want to lose any of those players.â
The Manchester City captainâs career has been blighted by injury, but he appeared fit heading toward Russia, where Belgiumâs talent-packed team is considered among the title favourites. MartÃnezâs team play Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G in Russia.
Ko mpany made his 77th appearance for Belgium against Portugal. He made his debut for the national team in 2004.
âWe feel a little bit disappointed for him because heâs been working so well in the camp,â MartÃnez said. âAlready his influence in the group is always positive, he always wants to help and heâs been working extremely hard.âTopics
- Vincent Kompany
- World Cup
- World Cup 2018
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