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Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany fit to face Japan

Lukaku, Kompany fit to face Japan
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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez confirms that Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen will be fit to face Japan.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that key players Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen will be fit for their World Cup last-16 clash with Japan.

Lukaku was rested for the Red Devils' 1-0 victory over England in their final group game, while Vermaelen suffered a gash to the head in a challenge with Jamie Vardy.

Kompany, meanwhile, has not featured at the World Cup so far due to a groin injury.

"Romelu Lukaku is fine, he's fully fit. He completed the training session today (Friday) so he's got no problems. He should be available," Martinez told reporters in his pre-match press conference.

"Thomas Vermaelen had a nasty knock in his eye, looked like a boxer this morning so I think he forgot about all his previous problems. Apart from his eye - his vision is not perfect at the moment because of the inflammation - he'll be fine and will be perfect to train tomorrow.

"Vincent Kompany reacted very well to his 20 minutes – that was always the plan. He is now fully fit and available for selection.

"We had to rely on our medical department to make big calls on players who weren't fit for the start of the World Cup."

Belgium set up the meeting with Japan after topping Group G in the final standings.


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