Belgium has suffered a mighty Euro 2016 blow with inspirational skipper Vincent Kompany getting ruled out of the tournament after failing to recover from injury.
“I’ll miss the Euros. To me that’s very sad news,” the 30-year-old Manchester City captain wrote on his Facebook page last night.
“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.”
Kompany has been dogged by a series of injuries for most of the season and the defender limped out of the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday after just 10 minutes with a groin problem.
Belgian newspaper Le Soir calculated that in his 13-year career, Kompany has spent 1,045 days in hospital.
In Kompany’s absence, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is expected to captain Belgium at Euro 2016 which starts in France on June 10.