In the latest Belgium news, Vincent Kompany has been named in the country’s World Cup squad, with manager Roberto Martinez happy to wait for the defender to recover from his latest injury.
The Manchester City centre-back started Saturday’s friendly with Portugal in Brussels but he suffered a groin injury during the 0-0 draw.
Kompany was thought to be a doubt for the 23-man squad for Russia but Martinez insists he will be given time to recover in the next two weeks.
Belgium play Panama on June 18 in their first game and the former Everton coach is not worried about his fitness.
He told reporters: “I think the situation is very clear. We are going to try to use the rules to our advantage. We need to name the outfield players squad 24 hours before Panama, that is the 17th of June.
“So, until then we are going to try to give the maximum time to see what the reaction is with Vinny.
“This is the World Cup and, due to the role of Vinny Kompany, that’s a decision that we’ve taken in order to give the best possible chance to make the right decision
“Vinny Kompany has been a leader, has been working extremely hard in the camp. He performed in a fantastic manner while he was on the pitch against Portugal.”
Laurent Ciman is on stand-by in case Kompany fails to prove his fitness but there is no place in the squad for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.
Belgium are in Group G at the World Cup, where they will also face England and Tunisia after their clash with Panama. Martinez appears to have one of the strongest squads heading to Russia and Belgium are 10/1 to win the tournament with Ladbrokes.