Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injury Means Vinny May Miss First Game

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injury Means Vinny May Miss First Game

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VINCENT Kompany is still not certain to make Belgium's World Cup squad with days to go until their first game of the competition.

And if the skipper is not deemed fit enough to make the tournament, Pep Guardiola will have concerns about City's pre-season preparations.

The commanding centre-back, plagued by injuries in recent years, suffered a groin injury in a friendly at the beginning of the month that required further tests to determine the extent of the damage.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez named his skipper in his 23-man squad citing his essential leadership skills, but added they would need to wait at least a week to make a call on the problem.

Tomorrow is the final opportunity for the Belgium boss to make changes and Kompany and fellow defender, Thomas Vermaelen, have not been training with the rest of the group as they look to work their way back to full fitness. …

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