Belgium's Vincent Kompany sent for scan amid fears he could miss World Cup

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Belgium's Vincent Kompany sent for scan amid fears he could miss World Cup

Belgium Belgium’s Vincent Kompany sent for scan amid fears he could miss World Cup • Kompany suffered groin injury in draw with Portugal
• Roberto Martínez: ‘He knows when something is not right’

Vincent Kompany
Roberto Martínez has admitted Vincent Kompany’s World Cup could be in doubt. Photograph: Bruno Fahy/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Kompany walked off the pit ch without waiting to be substituted early in the second half after he overstretched in a challenge on Gelson Martins.

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Manager Roberto Martínez, 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.

“With Vinnie, we will need to assess him on Sunday,” said Martinez

“He 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.

“It has been a joy and you wouldn†™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.

“We 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.”

“You don’t want to lose players like Vincent,” he later told Belgian broadcaster VTM after Saturday’s match in Brussels. “There’s the experience ... there’s a little bit the knowhow, there’s the communication on the pitch. I think that understanding - knowing what’s expected in big games and big moments is important so you don’t want to lose any of those players.”

The Manchester City captain’s career has been blighted by injury, but he appeared fit heading toward Russia, where Belgium’s talent-packed team is considered among the title favourites. Martínez’s 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.

“We feel a little bit disappointed for him because he’s been working so well in the camp,” Martínez said. “Already his influence in the group is always positive, he always wants to help and he’s been working extremely hard.”

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Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium

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