Kompany injured in Belgium’s friendly vs. Portugal

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European champion Portugal held Belgium to a tame 0-0 draw Saturday, a result overshadowed by fears that defender Vincent Kompany may have sustained an injury early in the second half.

Without waiting to be substituted, the injury-prone Kompany walked off shortly after the break after appearing to overstretch while making a defensive challenge. It was not immediately clear if he was injured or left the field as a precaution.

The Manchester City defender’s career has been blighted by injuries, but he appeared fit ahead of the pre-World Cup friendly at the King Baudouin stadium.

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said it was too early to say whether 32-year-old Kompany was seriously hurt.

“Maybe he only has something small to deal with,” De Bruyne said.

Kompany’s departure was the major talking point in a disappointing goalless draw which underscored that Belgium’s star-studded squad still has work to do if it is to live up to its billing as one of the favorites to win the World Cup in Russia.

Belgium fans jeered their team off the pitch at full time.