Coach Roberto Martinez gave Saturday, two days before the first world CHAMPIONSHIP duel of the Devils against Panama, an update on the injuries of defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen.
‘Vermaelen is not fit for Panama. He is in Moscow left it, but would the last two group matches to play. On Kompany, we hope to be able to count from the third groepsduel.’
The Devils saw Saturday morning reservespeler Laurent Ciman back to Belgium to leave. But Martinez emphasized that there is still until Sunday evening can be changed. “We are still waiting until Sunday”, explained the coach. “He must still have one day available keep. He is also ready for it, has played an important role in the qualifications. But he is not go to Sochi, because it’s just an unnecessary flight would be in the case nothing changes.’
Martinez gave a further update on the injuries of Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany. “We are pretty sure the condition of Vermaelen and Kompany to be able to assess. The injury of Thomas evaluates well. We hope him ready for the last two group matches, as we in the beginning of the preparation had provided. But he is in Moscow remained. I wish not that he would unnecessarily travel. For Vincent we are waiting until Sunday with the final decision. But he also makes progression. We hope the third game to be able to use. Their experience is very important for this team. Even if they do not play. Therefore, Vincent also travelled to Sochi.’