Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of their upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers after suffering a thigh strain, Manchester City confirmed on Monday.

The 27-year-old central defender picked up the injury in his side's 3-1 English Premier League win over Everton on Saturday.

Kompany, who limped off during the first half at the Etihad Stadium, underwent a scan on Monday which confirmed the injury but the club have not said how long he will be out for.

Kompany will miss Belgium's World Cup qualifiers with Croatia - where a win for the Belgians would see them reach their first World Cup finals since 2002 - on Friday and Wales next Tuesday.

Belgium top Group A with 22 points, five points ahead of Croatia with Wales bottom of the group which also includes Serbia, Scotland and Macedonia.