Updates from Friday, July 4
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has confirmed Vincent Kompany will be fit to face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Kompany has been struggling with a groin issue, but according to the Daily Mail's John Drayton, Wilmots gave the following brief statement on his key defender: "'He looks to have made a very good recovery."
Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Vincent Kompany is fit and in the starting lineup for Belgium for the match vs. the United States:
Line up Belgium : Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Origi, Hazard #belusa— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) July 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Kristof Terreur of HLN provides the latest comments from Belgium manager Marc Wilmots regarding Vincent Kompany's recovery:
Wilmots: "Kompany feels better. He trains two times a day, but we ll make a decision tomorrow."— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 29, 2014
Belgium could be without its captain and top defender Vincent Kompany for their 2014 World Cup round of 16 clash with the USA on Tuesday, according to coach Marc Wilmots.
Per The Associated Press (for Yahoo Sports), the manager told reporters it would be "impossible to say now" whether or not his star defender will be able to return to action in team, still recovering from a groin injury.
FOX Sports' Leandinho immediately warned American fans not to get too excited:
@SamBorden True. But US has no alternative to Altidore; Belgium has four or five to Kompany, even if there is a drop-off.— Leandinho (@LeanderOnFOX) June 27, 2014
Kompany was one of many defensive starters not to play against South Korea, and the Red Devils' defensive effort looked as strong as it had in previous matches, despite playing the entire second half with just 10 men.
Belgium are one of two teams yet to concede a regular goal during this World Cup, with stopper Thibaut Courtois beaten just once from the penalty spot.
HLN's Kristof Terreur shared this Tweet in front of the team's match against Algeria, informing everyone Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen would take over the captain's bracelet from Kompany:
Jan Vertonghen is Belgium's skipper today, btw, as Kompany and Vermaelen are injured. #thfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 26, 2014
Nicolas Lombaerts came into the team to replace the Manchester City man, and his performance was exemplary. Should Kompany not get fit in time for the match against the USA, he would most likely be the man to partner Bayern Munich's Daniel van Buyten in the centre of the defence.
Depth is one of Belgium's biggest strengths, but, for all of their depth, it's never easy replacing your captain and arguably best player. Should Kompany miss out on the tie with the USA, it would be a big loss for the Red Devils.
Kompany is the vocal and emotional leader of this team, both on and off the pitch. He's the one relaying Wilmots' vision on the pitch and setting up the defence, and, without him, it's unclear which Belgian player would be capable of taking on that responsibility.