Global friendly report: Belgium 0 Portugal 0

04 June, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

Martinez had to replace Kompany with Dedryck Boyata in the 55th minute after the Manchester City captain appeared to pull a muscle in the process of making a tackle, potentially putting his World Cup place in doubt.

Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium's 23-man World Cup squad despite picking up a groin injury during a friendly on Saturday.

Belgium begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18 and Martinez will give Kompany as much time as possible to regain his fitness.

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Influential Belgium centre back 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 Russian Federation.

Dedryck Boyata has been included in Belgium's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

"Vincent Kompany is a leader", he said. "We need to wait a period of seven, eight days with Vincent then we will get a good opportunity to make a diagnosis".

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Belgium is drawn into a group with Panama, Tunisia and England, while Portugal will take on Morocco, Iran and Spain. "He's been working very hard in the camp, played in a fantastic manner against Portugal".

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.

However, he added: "If on 17 June, Vinny is not fit, he's not going to go to the World Cup".

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The Spanish head coach trimmed his group down from an initial 28, with Crystal Palace striker Christian Beneteke missing out, along with Watford defender Christian Kabasele.

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