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Portugal miss Cristiano Ronaldo in disappointing draw with Belgium

04 June, 2018, 20:12 | Author: John Swanson
  • Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

There were concerns the centre-back could be left out Roberto Martinez's final group for Russian Federation, with FIFA having imposed a deadline of June 4 for every competing team to finalise their squad.

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.

Kompany is fresh from leading Manchester City to the Premier League title but picked up a groin injury during the 0-0 draw with Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.

Laurent Ciman will be with the Belgium squad and is on stand-by should Kompany fail to recover in time.

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Kompany, 32, pulled up with a groin injury in the goalless draw with Portugal over the weekend and was a real doubt to be included in the final squad.

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

"Vincent Kompany is a true leader".

"Christian Benteke has been the toughest decision".

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Manchester United man Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead the line, while Chelsea's Batshuayi will offer stiff competition for a starting spot after recovering from an ankle problem.

"The Red Devil's" open their World Cup campaign on June 18th against Panama, before facing Tunisia then England.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg).

While the Parkhead defender was able to survive the cut, Watford's Christian Kabasele, Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels, Lazio's Jordan Lukaku and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke were not so fortunate.

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