World Cup 2014: Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen to Miss Korea Clash

Updated: 26 June 2014 15:57 IST

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are suffering from minor injuries.

World Cup 2014: Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen to Miss Korea Clash
Vincent Kompany vies for the ball during a match against Russia © AP

Sao Paulo:

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany and fellow Premier League star Thomas Vermaelen will miss Thursday's World Cup Group H game against South Korea with minor injuries, their coach said.

Marc Wilmots said Manchester City's Kompany trained for just 35 minutes on Wednesday, ahead of the Korea game in Sao Paulo, after a recurrence of a groin problem.

He did not give details of the injury affecting Vermaelen, but the Arsenal defender lasted just 31 minutes of the 1-0 win over Russia before coming off with a knee problem. (Match Preview: Belgium Deny Taking Korea Lightly)

"They're not very serious but we want to keep them fresh. They won't play against South Korea," Wilmots told reporters in Sao Paulo.

Belgium have qualified for the round of 16 by winning their opening two group games.

Topics : Vincent Kompany Thomas Vermaelen Belgium Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 2014 Football
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