CELTIC star Dedryck Boyata insists he is desperate for Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany to prove his fitness for the World Cup even though he could be his replacement in Russia.
Boyata came on for Kompany as a sub for Belgium as the defender suffered yet another injury in a friendly against Portugal.
Dedryck Boyata in action for Belgium against Portugal
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Kompany is now a major doubt for the tournament after suffering a groin injury and will have scans today.
It almost certainly means the Parkhead stopper will make Belgium’s Final squad, which will be announced today.
And he’s desperate Kompany is passed fit for the Finals.
He said: “I really hope Vincent is all right and will be fit for the World Cup.
Vincent Kompany was forced off with an injury
“I didn’t know about the injury because I was just concentrating on preparing to go on as a sub.
“I’m happy enough with my own performance although there are always aspects of my game I can improve on.
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“Of course it’s true that Vincent’s injury meant I got on the pitch, but I don’t want to be in a position to rely on injuries to get to Russia.
“Thomas Vermaelen has been injured too, but he and Vincent are mainstays of the team and we need them there.
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“My goal is to be in the 23. I have fought to be in this squad. This is my first full season without injuries for years.
So if I haven’t made it, I will have no regrets. I’ve given my all.”
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