Belgium are sweating on the fitness of Vincent Kompany for the World Cup after he limped off during their friendly draw against Portugal.
Kompany is due to undergo a scan on his groin after the Manchester City captain was forced off 10 minutes into the second half, following a challenge by Portugal’s Gelson Martins.
The 32-year-old was able to overcome his long-term injury problems for City during the second half of the season, but Belgium boss Roberto Martinez now faces a headache over the centre-half’s involvement in Russia.
Broken Belgians. Vincent Kompany will undergo a scan tomorrow. Suspected groin injury. Roberto Martínez admits that he’s worried: “He felt his groin a bit.” Back-up Thomas Vermaelen is still recovering from a hamstring injury. #mcfc pic.twitter.com/RUoZQcUyrb
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“You could feel that when he came off we were all very much worried,” said Martinez.
“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.”
Kompany is not the only key Belgium player facing fitness issues, with Romelu Lukaku continuing to look rusty in his recovery from the ankle injury which hampered him towards the end of the season with Manchester United.
Lukaku was included in the starting XI, but was taken off at half-time.
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