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Belgium News: Boyata hopes for Kompany recovery

9 months ago

In the latest Belgium news, defender Dedryck Boyata hopes stalwarts Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are fit for the World Cup in Russia.

Kompany was forced off with what appeared to be a groin injury during Belgium’s 0-0 draw with Portugal on Saturday, while Vermaelen has been troubled by a hamstring injury.

Boyata replaced Kompany against Portugal and if the two veterans are ruled out he is likely to see more time on the pitch in Russia, but the Celtic star insists he would rather Belgium head to the World Cup at full strength even if his own involvement is limited.

“I really hope Vincent is all right and will be fit for the World Cup,” said the 27-year-old defender.

“I didn’t know about the injury because I was just concentrating on preparing to go on as a sub.”

Boyata added: “I’m happy enough with my own performance although there are always aspects of my game I can improve on.

“Thomas Vermaelen has been injured too, but he and Vincent are mainstays of the team and we need them there.

“My goal is to be in the 23. I have fought to be in this squad.”

Belgium have been drawn alongside England in World Cup Group G and they are 5/6 with William Hill to finish as the group winners, while the Three Lions are 6/5 to do the same.