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Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata makes World Cup squad

04 June 2018

Vincent Kompany raised concerns over his fitness by coming off early in the second half as Belgium and Portugal played out a draw in Brussels.

Without Ronaldo Portugal lacked any real attacking threat, Bernardo Silva had their best chance when he fired a shot wide from a tight angle but it's clear the team rely on the Real Madrid forward.

An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday's goalless draw against Portugal.

Federation Internationale de Football Association required all nations to confirm their squads for the tournament by Monday, 4 June, and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has now made his final decision.

Kompany made his 77th appearance for Belgium against Portugal.

"He said he felt discomfort in his groin when he walked off the pitch".

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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The defender was forced to miss Euro 2016 after picking up a thigh injury in the Champions League semifinal that May.

The latter enjoyed a sensational season for Manchester City and was a arguably the key man in their record-breaking Premier League campaign.

Belgium began with their strongest possible 11, apart from the injured Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen, and a trial three-man defence.

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"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.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata makes World Cup squad