Kompany in, Benteke out of strong Belgium World Cup squad

Matt Stead

Defender Vincent Kompany has been named in Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad despite being a doubt because of a groin injury.

The 32-year-old Manchester City player was injured in Belgium’s goalless draw with Portugal in Brussels on Saturday and was due to have a scan on the injury on Sunday.

Manager Roberto Martinez has kept Kompany in the squad after reducing it from the original 28 to the 23 who will make the trip to Russia.

Martinez revealed he would wait until closer to Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama on June 18 before making a decision on whether to play Kompany.

After naming his 23-man squad Martinez told a press conference: “Until 24 hours before (Belgium v Panama) we can still make a replacement. We need to wait a period of seven, eight days with Vincent Kompany. Then we will get a good opportunity to make a diagnosis.

“Vincent Kompany is a true leader. He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch. His leadership is essential for us.”

Belgium are in Group G in the World Cup where they will also face England and Tunisia.