Saturday 17 February 2018

Vincent Kompany ruled out of Euro 2016 as Ireland's opponents Belgium suffer massive blow

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany

Belgium defender Vincent Kompany will miss out on Euro 2016 due to the injury he suffered in Manchester City's Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid last Wednesday.

The 30-year-old took to Facebook this evening to confirm that he season was over and his hopes of taking part in the major tournament had been dashed.

He lasted just six minutes of the tie in the Santiago Bernabeu before succumbing to the latest muscle problem in an injury-ravaged campaign.

The centre-half flew back to Manchester with the rest of the City squad after the game, landing back in England just before 4am on Thursday.

But despite the late return, Kompany flew back out to Spain on Thursday afternoon in order to visit the practice of Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona.

Kompany was seen by Doctor Eduardo Mauri at the clinic in an effort to accelerate his recovery from the groin injury but has been forced to admit defeat in his race to be fit for the Euros.

He wrote: "I'll miss the Euros.

"To me that's very sad news.

"So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up.

"That is not me.

"I decide on my future .

"There is a bigger picture to everything in life and only failing to see it, will cause me to fail.

"I am a hard worker and a fighter and if you are too, then you know that, to people like us, success can come in many forms. We trust ourselves when the going gets tough.

"I have the greatest respect for those who overcome their personal challenges in life with a positive attitude.

"I want to live up to that.

"So I remain calm and positive. I will continue to follow my path and I will do so with more conviction than ever.

"I trust my friends and teammates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France. I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them."

Ireland take on Belgium in their second Group E game in Bordeaux on June 18.

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