SOCHI, Russia (AP) Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes the Red Devils could have defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany back from injury during the group stage, but he’s waiting until the final deadline before setting the team’s 23-man roster.
Martinez said Saturday night after Belgium trained in Sochi that Vermaelen could be ready for the final two group games, and the target for Kompany is Belgium’s final game against England. Belgium opens the tournament Monday against Panama.
Vermaelen did not travel with the team to Sochi and remained in Moscow to continue rehabilitating a hamstring injury he suffered last month with Barcelona.
Kompany suffered a groin injury in a warm-up match against Portugal earlier this month, continuing a long history of injuries. Martinez said the team will wait until Sunday’s roster deadline before making a final decision on Kompany.
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