Kompany could make England game – Martinez

first_imgWorld Cup Belgium’s Kompany might be available for England game, says Martinez Rob Lancaster 03:27 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Roberto Martinez Vincent Kompany Belgium Portugal international friendly 2018 BRUNO FAHY World Cup Belgium v Panama Belgium v Tunisia England v Belgium Panama Belgium Tunisia England Both the Manchester City star and Thomas Vermaelen will be out against Panama, but the duo could return for the second group clash Belgium coach Roberto Martinez remains hopeful Vincent Kompany will be fit to face England in what could be a crucial game in deciding the outcome of Group G.Kompany’s participation in the World Cup was put in doubt when he suffered a groin injury in his country’s 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal at the start of June.While the Manchester City captain was included in Martinez’s final 23-man squad, the boss of the Red Devils has revealed the 32-year-old is set to miss the fixtures against Panama and Tunisia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, the centre-back could yet be back for the clash with Gareth Southgate’s squad, which takes place in Kaliningrad on June 28.”Kompany might be available for the third game,” Martinez told the media.Thomas Vermaelen will also miss Belgium’s tournament opener with Panama in Sochi on Monday, Martinez confirmed, though the experienced Barcelona defender is expected to be available for the rest of the group stage.”Vermaelen can be medically fit for the following games [after Panama]. He is not with us here in Sochi and is working in Moscow,” the former Everton manager added.  @LaurentCiman23 left the group this morning. Laurent returned to 🇧🇪 and will now remain one of our stand-by players, until Sunday evening 5pm. R. Martínez thanks him for his professionalism and contribution to the team during our #WorldCup preparation. #REDTOGETHER — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 16, 2018 Belgium announced defender Laurent Ciman – who had travelled with his compatriots to Russia as cover for the injured Kompany – left the squad on Saturday.last_img

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