Man City star Vincent Kompany's history of injuries as he remains doubt for World Cup 2018

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Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the World Cup after suffering a groin problem in Belgium’s goalless draw with Portugal in Brussels.

The 32-year-old defender will undergo a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the latest in a long line of injury setbacks.

Kompany is danger of missing out for Belgium who launch their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18 – before taking on Gareth Southgate‘s England 10 days later.

Here’s a look at Kompany’s injuries going back to the 2015-16 season when he missed much of the campaign.

15/09/2015

Leaves the field after 75 minutes of the Champions League loss to Juventus at the Etihad Stadium. The score is 1-1 at the time but City are eventually beaten 2-1. Kompany initially says the injury is “not serious” and his substitution is “just a precaution” but he does not play again for a month.

13/10/2015

Plays in Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel against City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s wishes.

Pellegrini claims it has hampered his recovery and the player is put on the bench for the next two City games. He does not appear in the first of them and comes on only in the 89th minute in the second.

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City

08/11/2015

Plays 90 minutes in a goalless draw at Aston Villa but just days later he pulls out of the Belgium squad as a precaution, citing more calf trouble. He ends up missing City’s next eight games.

26/12/2015

Returns to action as a 62nd-minute substitute against Sunderland, but his comeback lasts just nine minutes.

He suffers a bad reaction and does not play again until February 14.

15/03/2016

Just seven games into his latest comeback, he injures his calf again, pulling up in the early minutes of City’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash against Dynamo Kiev. Pellegrini says he will be out for a “minimum of one month”.

04/05/2016

Limps off in the early stages of City’s 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg and misses out on Belgium’s participation in Euro 2016.

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lies injured

19/10/2016

Misses City’s 4-0 defeat at Barcelona as a precaution because of a groin problem. He had returned from the injury with a brief substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw with Everton the previous weekend.

19/11/2016

Damages his knee ligaments in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and undergoes specialist treatment in Spain but does not return until the 3-0 FA Cup win against the same opponents on April 15, scoring one goal.

Injuries restrict him to 16 appearances throughout the season, including Belgium’s 2-0 win in Estonia in a World Cup qualifier in June.

29/12/2017

Hits a seat in the dugout in frustration following his latest injury setback after limping off with a calf problem just 11 minutes into City’s 1-0 victory at Newcastle. Ends another injury-hit season with 22 appearances.

02/06/2018

A groin injury in the 0-0 draw against Portugal in a pre-World Cup friendly in Brussels puts his involvement in Russia in doubt with coach Roberto Martinez due to slim his 28-man squad down to 23.

Kompany had coped with muscle and knee problems during City’s title-winning season only to suffer more injury heartache on the international scene.

Kompany of Manchester City

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Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel backs England as potential World Cup winners after friendly

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England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel saw enough from England on Saturday to feel he can back Gareth Southgate’s team as potential World Cup winners.

England beat Mikel’s Super Eagles 2-1 at Wembley as goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane were enough to begin preparations for Russia with a win.

Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors, who are also World Cup-bound, but England did enough to secure the victory.

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel played the whole 90 minutes and was impressed by what he saw from Southgate’s men.

“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.

“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.

“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”

Nigeria were completely outplayed by England in the first half but reacted after the interval as they aim to go further than the round of 16 that they reached in Brazil four years ago.

Gernot Rohr’s side are in Group D alongside Argentina – who they beat 4-2 in November – Iceland and Croatia.

Mikel, 31, is an elder statesman of the squad these days and the Tianjin TEDA man is keen for the squad to develop together as they head to Russia.

“We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia,” he added.

“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side so we can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.”

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Raheem Sterling in focus in England's 2-1 win over Nigeria ahead of 2018 World Cup

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Raheem Sterling saw action against Nigeria.

England manager Gareth Southgate included Raheem Sterling in his team to face Nigeria despite the player being in the public eye for the last week following two controversies on the eve of the World Cup.

The Manchester City man came under criticism after having a gun tattoo on his right leg before it was revealed he arrived a day late for the England training camp.

Sterling’s inclusion in the World Cup warm-up match showed Southgate’s faith in the forward and here, we look in detail as his display in a 2-1 win for the Three Lions.

Reception

The social media response towards Sterling in the last week has been largely supportive and – with the spotlight firmly on him at Wembley – it was a similar reaction.

His name was cheered by the home fans and, while he was jeered by the Nigeria supporters, he was not on his own in that aspect.

Those jeers did intensify, however, when he was booked for a clear dive while looking to win a second-half penalty – an incident likely to see him come in for more stick in the coming days.

Attacking threat

Sterling’s finishing vastly improved at Manchester City in the last year but it remains to be seen if that is natural development or the fact Pep Guardiola’s side created so many chances to begin with.

He lifted an early chance wide of goal as he looked to add to his two previous international strikes.

Sterling later broke the offside trap but could not find a colleague with a low cross before firing narrowly over when picked out by Jesse Lingard towards the end of the first half.

Work rate

Sterling always puts in a shift and his running caused problems for the Nigeria defence, particularly in the first half when he had the Super Eagles chasing shadows on a couple of occasions.

He was taken off for Marcus Rashford late on having grafted to little success after the interval.

Raheem Sterling (L

Team work

Jesse Lingard said on Friday that the England squad had reassured Sterling following the media outcry over his tattoo.

He looked to repay that by providing for his team-mates here at Wembley and a great interchange with Ashley Young almost presented the Manchester United man with a goal.

Sterling also laid on Harry Kane’s goal, a strike which proved to be the match winner, and played his part when required.

Conclusion

Sterling is all-but a confirmed starter for Southgate in England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia and he showed here that he can do his talking on the pitch.

He needs to bring his Manchester City finishing to the international stage to add to his measly goal return and the silly dive in the second half will be something Southgate will not want to see moving forward.

Sterling clearly has the support of the majority of the football-watching public and he will be hoping to repay that in kind over the coming month. 

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