Martinez proposes final decision on Kompany yet to Sunday

Roberto Martinez does not complete clarity on the situation of Vincent Kompany in the national team, two days before the Belgian opening match at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia. “We are still waiting until Sunday evening before we made a final decision’, was the explanation of the coach Saturday night in the olympic stadium of Sochi.

The Belgian national coach Roberto Martinez and his players during a training session in Sochi, 16 June 2018 © BELGA

The Red Devils saw Saturday morning to reserve Laurent Ciman back to Belgium to leave. The arrival of Los Angeles FC was to be the 24th man in the selection to a possible unavailability of Kompany to catch. The former captain fell two weeks ago in the friendly against Portugal with a liesblessure and was since then not a single time with the group on the training ground.

The return of Ciman Belgium seemed to be the sign that the coach Kompany is final in the selection would be. Martinez argues, however, cautious in his statements and wants to Sunday evening wait – up to 24 hours for the kick-off of the match against Panama, he has time for his selection to the FIFA. “He must still have one day available keep. He is also ready for it, has played an important role in the qualifications.’

Nevertheless, it seems Martinez is not really more to the availability of Kompany to doubt, that could be played would need to get for the last team contest against England. ‘Ciman is not go to Sochi, because it’s just an unnecessary flight would be in the case nothing changes.’

The decision to Ciman home to send, was on Friday taken in Dedovsk. “It was not emotional farewell’, said the coach. “We knew that someone needed to go home. He had the last time a difficult role, but we can only be proud of the way he has fulfilled, as a real professor, I don’t think he has the decision already taken has to stop at the national team, though I would understand. At this age, you sometimes have to make decisions. Your playing football not your 99th.’

Thomas Vermaelen is back on schedule and would be starting on the second team contest should be available. The defender of FC Barcelona, stayed in Moscow to rehabilitate. ‘Vermaelen was the last few weeks for the schedule, now it’s still on schedule. It was always the plan to have him ready for the second team contest.’

In Sochi it is during the day cloudy, but the temperatures are rising smoothly to just above 25 degrees. However, it is mainly the humidity that the conditions heavier to the edges of the Black Sea. The Central Americans from Panama can there is undoubtedly a bit faster to adjust. ‘The climate may play a role, therefore we are also two days for the contest to the venue down. Especially that humidity plays a role, that requires adjustments, not excuses. That you will not hear from us.’

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