Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

Can Belgium make history

The 32-year-old Kompany came off during Belgium's friendly against Portugal on Saturday with an injured groin.

Both are considered threats in the summer's competition, with Portugal boasting superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and looking to prove its Euro 2016 title was no fluke, and Belgium featuring the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and more firepower under manager Roberto Martinez.

Vincent Kompany picked up an injury as Belgium and Portugal played out a goalless draw in a World Cup warm-up match that failed to capture the home fans' imagination.

Here at Pro Soccer Talk we will have a full list of the final squads for you when they're confirmed at around 11 a.m. ET today.

"He said he felt discomfort in his groin when he walked off the pitch".

Kompany has had a series of injuries over the past five seasons, although he was able play without problems for Premier League champions Manchester City from January until the end of the campaign.

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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.

"Until 24 hours before (the Panama match), we can still make a replacement", said Martinez.

The three-times Premier League victor has suffered from frequent injuries throughout his career and missed out on Euro 2016, although had been playing for his club since the start of this year.

Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen missed the game, though Martinez noted that Barcelona defender Vermaelen at least appeared to be returning to fitness.

Cristiano Ronaldo is enjoying his vacation ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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