Vincent Kompany facing anxious World Cup wait


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Belgium are sweating on the fitness of Vincent Kompany for the World Cup finals in Russia this month after he sustained a groin injury in their goalless draw with Portugal.

The Manchester City defender will require a scan to determine if he can play in the tournament after being substituted in the 55th minute of the stalemate with the European champions.

Belgium face Panama in their Group G opener in Sochi on June 18 and manager Roberto Martinez is worried about Kompany’s fitness.

“You could feel that when he came off we were all very much worried,” said the Belgium coach.

“He said he felt discomfort in his groin when he walked off the pitch. He’s not a young player, he knows his body. At that point it was the right time to come off.

“I cannot be fully satisfied because of Vincent’s injury but apart from that it was the test we needed.”

Portugal coach Fernando Santos made six changes from the team that started Monday’s 2-2 draw with Tunisia, with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo once again absent as he was given time off to get over his Champions League final exploits with Real Madrid.

Belgium will square off against Tunisia in Moscow on June 23 before a potential showdown with England in Kaliningrad in their final Group H clash five days later as Martinez seeks to get the tournament best from the Red Devils ‘golden generation’.

Belgium are 1.80 to win Group G while Gareth Southgate’s England team are 2.15 to top the section.

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