Our man in Russia: ‘Still no Vermaelen and Kompany, and that is becoming worrisome’

…and for some followers yet, no suitcases, says Peter T’Kint from Russia. “Day three in Russia, and there are still some ends to each other to knots.’

Dedryck Boyata: in the base against Panama? © Belga Image

First the bad news: again, no Vermaelen and Kompany at training. That is becoming worrisome, on three days of the opening match of the Belgians in Sochi. That Kompany in the hotel would continue to lag in line with expectations. It would always be tight, that first match, and in the hotel you will become better cared for here than on the training complex, even though it looks that beautiful.

In nothing do we recognize it even after our visit to the plant last winter. When was the entrance there is still schabouwelijk, and layers only the foundations of what is now a beautiful training complex is. The only thing still missing are large screens, to closed training sessions to be able to keep. Leaving tomorrow for the whole gang to Sochi, and against that they are back, Tuesday, everything would be in order.

Pending gets the press during the training zaalarrest, we should not be behind the screen and beeping. Not very, only: who needs to pee, has bad luck. The mobile toilets are on the other side and have an hour or what is unattainable. But we were informed…

No Vermaelen is a chance for Boyata Monday and a line through the account of Roberto Martínez at last Sunday must decide whether or Ciman – reserve – collect and one of the fixed values. That Vermaelen last week, yet everything seemed to do so, seems not a good sign. That points to a relapse. Worrisome. So it would be best that not one, but two central defenders out for the tournament. A medical update follows.

For the rest everything is okay here. It remains a bit of adventure, the drive through the outskirts of the city. Sometimes you’re in the Landes, with all the forests and pine trees. Then dive suddenly from nowhere a beautiful Orthodox domed church, or when you drive past a mall in the American style, with air conditioning and modern shopping including a chic coffee shop genre Starbucks. Bizarre country.


Sometimes it seems this country are American to want to live

Yesterday, after the opener, we drove along the Manhattan of Moscow. Modern buildings, glass towers, one even in a style à la Gaudí, but in steel and glass, not in the stones of Barcelona. Sometimes it seems this country are American to want to live, other times you’re in Latin America, where homes also were surrounded like this, with bars and fences, to thieves.

Even from the old box is their desire for documents and papers. Three colleagues on day three of their stay, still no suitcase. A few were in Zaventem left, since the plane was overloaded. That day ended up at their owner. Three were on arrival not directly on their suitcase and filed a claim. The suitcases were a few hours later. They are still there. Brussels Airlines get they are not loose, without physical proof of the claim. Only this morning got the three to hear that.

Travel, always a little adventure.

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