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LAFC’s Laurent Ciman left on Belgium’s stand-by list

Captain could be called up if Vincent Kompany can’t go to Russia.

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Los Angeles Football Club defender and captain Laurent Ciman was one of five players cut from Belgium’s 2018 World Cup roster announced Monday.

Ciman was placed on a standby list in the event that Vincent Kompany is unable to make the trip to Russia. Kompany suffered a groin injury in Belgium’s 0-0 tie with Portugal Saturday.

“Laurent Ciman is a true professional,” said Red Devils’ head coach Roberto Martinez, as quoted by Soccer America. “This is not easy for him, but he is a real performer.”

Ciman was cut along with Christian Benteke, Matz Sels, Christian Kabesele and Jordan Lukaku.

Ciman made 19 appearances for the Red Devils dating back to 2010 when he first appeared in a 2-1 win at Bulgaria. He notched his first assist in a 2-0 win at Austria in the 2011 European qualifiers and was on the bench until playing 12 minutes in a friendly against Australia in 2014.

He didn’t appear again until a 2-1 friendly win at Switzerland in 2016 and a 3-2 friendly win against Norway a week later where he scored his first goal for the national team.

Ciman has played 12 matches with the Black-and-Gold, scoring twice – including the winner in the home-opener against Seattle.

Considering Ciman was specifically listed as a stand-by member of the Belgium roster, he still has a shot of going — and possibly even playing — in Russia. But for now, he’s on the outside looking in.

Belgium will play in Group G with Panama, Tunisia and England.

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