England's John Stones hopes Vincent Kompany is fit for World Cup

Stones hopes Kompany is fit for World Cup
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England defender John Stones admits that he hopes Vincent Kompany will be fit to play for the Three Lions' Group G rivals Belgium at the World Cup.

England defender John Stones is hoping that his Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany will recover from injury in time for the World Cup finals.

The centre-back has admitted that he is keen to see his colleague represent Belgium in the finals, even though his presence will benefit the Three Lions' Group G rivals.

"I hope Vinny gets back as soon as possible, his health is the main thing," The Independent quotes Stones as saying.

"He's a great player and a great leader and it's sad to hear he's got a little injury. I don't know the extent of it but I'd definitely love to see him - and anyone from City - at the World Cup.

"I never want anyone to get injured. It's a blow for Belgium, for City and for me because I'm his friend. He's got to get back and I hope he does as soon as possible. It's sad news to hear but he has been named [in the squad] so fingers crossed for Vinny."

Kompany is struggling with a groin strain he picked up in a pre-season friendly against Portugal in the run-up to the finals.

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England and Manchester City defender John Stones warms up before an international friendly with Nigeria at Wembley on June 2, 2018
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