There is little not to like about Belgium defender Vincent Kompany at the World Cup. He has vision, poise and leadership — all the qualities teams look for in a captain. Well, there is one downside — he is injury prone.
So when all players bar one came cycling down to the training pitch, where was a sudden worry Belgium's World Cup campaign might not look so perfect after all. Kompany stayed up at the team hotel to treat a groin strain. With Sunday's game against Russia drawing near, alarm bells were quickly ringing.
Wilmots announced that the captain suffered from a "slight groin strain. He is working with the medical staff." Kompany is not one to sit out a training for trifling issues. During a World Cup qualifier he kept on playing with a broken nose and eye socket.