Ciman sent back, Kompany fit for Monday’s match?

The Belgian national football team coach Roberto Martinez has sent the Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman back to Belgium. Ciman had been selected as a stand-by awaiting news on Vincent Kompany’s injury that he sustained in the first of Belgium’s three warm-up friendlies against Portugal two weeks ago.

Despite knowing that he will no longer play a part in this year’s World Cup Laurent Ciman keeps things in perspective “I won’t let this get me down. My family is the most important thing to me”, he told journalists.

The fact that Laurent Ciman has been sent home would suggest that Roberto Martinez believes that Vincent Kompany is fit enough to be able to play at the World Cup. The same must also be true of Thomas Vermaelen that has been out of action for a month with hamstring trouble.  

However, a Tweet from the Belgian Football Association suggests that it might not yet be over for Laurent Ciman and a number of other players that are being kept on stand-by until the very last minute. They will need to keep a bag packed and their mobile phone close at hand until 5pm tomorrow, just 24 hours before Belgium kick off their World Cup campaign against Panama on Monday. Up until then Roberto Martinez will be allowed to make changes to his squad on medical grounds.  

The Belgian national team coach thanked Laurent Ciman “his professionalism and the contribution he has made to the team during our preparations for the World Cup”.  


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