Vincent Kompany named in Belgium squad for Russian Federation, despite injury concern

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Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium's final squad for the World Cup despite suffering an injury in the friendly against Portugal on Saturday.

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", coach Roberto Martinez told a news conference, adding that it would probably take 48 hours to determine how serious the injury was.

"The situation is very clear: we're going to try to use the rules", Martinez told a news conference. We have to name the final outfield players 24 hours before Panama, that's the 17th of June.

Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez boasts of a plethora of talent, including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

"The Red Devil's" open their World Cup campaign on June 18th against Panama, before facing Tunisia then England.

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Vincent Kompany limped out of the friendly with Portugal.

The biggest casualty to miss out is Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke with Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi and Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku favoured in the target-man role.

The night was made worse by what appeared to be another injury to Vincent Kompany, who was withdrawn in the second half after stretching for a tackle. It's essential for us to give him every opportunity.

This was only the fourth time that Belgium had faced a side in the top 40 of Fifa's world rankings since Martinez was appointed in August 2016.

Belgium have failed to raise any global titles, with their best World Cup run coming in 1986 which saw them reach the semi-final before losing to eventual winners Argentina. But it is for the balance of the squad.

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