Belgium Release Official 23-Man Squad For The World Cup

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Belgium and Portugal will be locking horns in a World Cup warm-up game in Brussels on Saturday.

But the Manchester City captain has been named by manager Roberto Martinez in the 24-man list and could face England in the final Group G game on June 28.

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", Martinez said.

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Coach Fernando Santos too wants his star man to enjoy his rest period before getting down to business in the World Cup, where Portugal have been drawn alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Martínez also named Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman as a reserve in case Kompany's injury proves too serious for him to play in Russian Federation.

"Vincent Kompany is a leader", he said. "His leadership is essential for us".

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Martinez noted initial scans of previous Kompany injuries had not necessarily provided a true picture, and that "something that could be shorter is a lot longer, and could be the other way round".

With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been discussing who he thinks will do well at this summers tournament in Russian Federation.

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.

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"We feel a little bit disappointed for him because he's been working so well in the camp", Martinez said. "His performance against Portugal showed he's in a good moment. But we wanted to take two No. 9s for the balance of the squad".