Roberto Martinez explains why Vincent Kompany was included in Belgium World Cup squad despite injury

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  • Vincent Kompany was named in the Belgium World Cup squad on Monday (June 4th) by manager Roberto Martinez
  • The Manchester defender suffered a groin injury in the 1st match against Portugal last week
  • Belgium will give the 32-year-old time till 17th June to prove his fitness i.e 24 hours before their opening group game against Panama

Belgium national  Roberto Martinez announced on Monday (June 4th), his 23-man Belgium World Cup squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia and to the relief of many Manchester City defender made the cut in the final list even though he suffered a painful groin injury just hours earlier in a friendly match against Portugal.

Not the first time Kompany is racing against time to be fit for an international tournament

The Manchester City captain has endured a frustrating time in professional football through-out his career due to his propensity to pick up injuries. Vincent Kompany injury has seen the 32-year-old miss quite a bit of football over the past few seasons but the manager is still keen to have the experienced defender with the team in Russia and is ready to give him time till 17th June to prove his fitness.

LAFC defender Laurent Ciman has been named as the player to take over Kompany’s place in the Belgium World Cup squad if he is indeed deemed unfit 24 hours before their opening group game on 17th against Panama.

Explaining the reason behind Vicent Kompany’s selection in the Belgium World Cup squad and Vincent Kompany injury, Martinez told the press, “The situation is clear. We will try to use the rules to our advantage – we have to make the final outfield squad 24 hours before our game against Panama on June 17. Until then, we’re going to give the maximum time to see what the reaction is with Vinny.”

Vincent Kompany crucial to Belgium’s plan in Russia

Vincent Kompany Belgium World Cup squad place will be his if the 32-year-old can prove his fitness 24 hours before the 1st match, something Roberto Martinez is confident he can do given his injury and recovery record in the past few months.

The former Everton manager said, “Vincent Kompany is a leader. He’s been working very hard in the camp, played in a fantastic manner against Portugal. His fresh performance and leadership mean it is essential for us to give him time to make a good decision.

With each player, such a scan would bring clarity, but with Kompany that is not always the case. Within 7 to 8 days we will be able to make a more accurate diagnosis and see how long he is still out.”

Apart from the likes of Eden Hazard and De Bruyne, Belgium World Cup squad in Russia will be without Christian Benteke and Adam Januzaj, both who were left out of the final 23-year man list after enduring a disappointing club campaign last season. Belgium are in Group G alongside England, who they take on 26th and Tunisia, who they will face on 23rd. After a disappointing European campaign in 2016, the star-studded Belgium World Cup squad is ready to take the world by storm this time around. We must also remember that Vicent Kompany injury saw him miss out on the Euro’s in France 2-year back, which is why he would be desperate to make the cut this time around.

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