Bad news for Belgium, good news for the other three teams in Euro 2016 Group E.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not feature at this year’s championship due to injury.
The experienced captain left the field injured during City’s Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday, leaving his availability for club and country in doubt.
The 30-year-old made the trip to Barcelona to receive treatment in the hope that he might still recover in time to travel with the Belgian squad to France, but a recent Facebook post from the footballer put those hopes to bed.
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.
Written from my hospital bed,
Never giving up,
Belgium were grouped with Sweden, Italy, and Ireland for the upcoming Summer tournament. Their first game of the competition takes place on June 13th, when they are set to face the Italians in Lyon.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena