Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

Kompany is fresh from leading Manchester City to the Premier League title but picked up a groin injury during the 0-0 draw with Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.

Cape Town - Roberto Martinez has named a star-studded 23-man Belgium squad ahead of the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation with defender Vincent Kompany included despite suffering a groin injury.

Martínez said he will wait until the eve of Belgium's opening World Cup match, against Panama on 18 June, before making a final decision on Kompany's fitness.

"Until 24 hours before the Panama game we can still make a replacement".

"Vincent Kompany is a true leader. I don't dare say that, but on our day we can beat anyone". "He will bring us freshness".

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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.

"We have two number nines - Michy Batshuayi and Romelu Lukaku have taken those positions". Martinez's team plays Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G in Russian Federation.

West Brom forward Nacer Chadli, who has only played twice since December, has made the squad, while the ankle injury that Batshuayi suffered while playing for Borussia Dortmund in April has not prevented his inclusion.

The next stop on the European champions' road to Russian Federation is a friendly match against Algeria, it's unclear whether or not the veteran will take part in that match, but it's certain he'll be in the starting line-up for the World Cup opener against Spain.

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