Goal.com: Kompany misses open training session
- 14 June 2014 07:59
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
The World Cup is very much up and running. So what stories featuring our international City stars are in the headlines this morning?
Let's start with Goal.com, who claim Vincent Kompany was one of four Belgium players who missed the Red Devils' open training session yesterday with minor knocks picked up in an intra-squad friendly on Thursday.
Also absent were Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele but according to Kris Voakes: "Instead of joining the remainder of Marc Wilmots’ squad, the quartet were seen cycling gently around the roads of the Red Devils’ Paradise Golf Resort training base in a bid to relieve the slight injuries.
"However, all four are expected to be fit in good time to feature in Belgium’s opening Group H fixture against Algeria in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.
"A team official confirmed that the group had been given a 'separate programme' to the rest of the squad and there are no concerns over their availability for the clash with Vahid Halilhodzic’s side in four days’ time."
World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina kick-off their maiden campaign against Argentina on Sunday and speaking ahead of the clash, the Bosnian Diamond asserted: "Argentina are favourites - not just in our group. They can go a long way in the competition.
"They have the best player in the world and it will be their chance to win this because it's in South America."
Dzeko played a key role in his side's qualification to the finals, netting 10 goals. Despite his country's inexperience in the competition, the striker is determined to help his side progress to the knock-out rounds.
"It's our first time here but our target is to try to go to the next round and we'll do everything to try and achieve that," Dzeko stated.
"To go into the next round would be an amazing achievement for us and the country."
Toure has been struggling with a hamstring injury but according to an article, coach Sabri Lamouchi deemed the midfielder fit for selection but refused to confirm exactly what capacity in which he will feature.
Lamouchi declared: "All my players are ready to play on Sunday, but I can't say they are all 100 per cent.
"Some have had little problems, but they have recovered well and everyone is available."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another City-related World Cup media round-up. In the meantime, you can read a match report from last night's clash between Spain and the Netherlands here or watch a video interview with England's Joe Hart and James Milner here.