Injured Kompany retained in Belgium World Cup squad

Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

As part of his break following the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent as Portugal drew with Belgium in a friendly on Saturday evening.

The headline (ish) news is that Vincent Kompany has been included despite succumbing to a groin strain in Saturday's friendly against Portugal - an injury which many felt would see the captain forced to sit out.

Dedryck Boyata has been included in Belgium's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

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Martinez - whose side are in England's group - said he can call up a replacement until 24 hours before the Panama game.

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Former Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj and West Bromwich's Nacer Chadli were the surprise inclusions, while Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman remains on standby for Kompany. He's not a young player, he knows his body.

With the World Cup less than two weeks away, Fernando Santos will hope for a positive prognosis on Beto after the Portugal goalkeeper appeared to hurt his thigh late in the game.

"I can not be fully satisfied because of Vincent Kompany's injury but apart from that it was the test we needed", he said, adding that Vermaelen at least appeared to be returning to fitness.

The ex-Swansea, Wigan and Everton boss is prepared for the worst, with 24th man Laurent Ciman ready to step into the breach if Kompany fails to prove his fitness by June 17 - the day before Belgium's Group G opener against Panama.

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