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Kompany reports back late after losing passport

Hamburg defender Vincent Kompany's return from the Olympics has been delayed because he missed his flight after losing his passport.

The 22-year-old, in Beijing with the Belgium squad, was due back in Germany on Tuesday.

According to reports in Belgium, the defender arrived at Shanghai airport late only to discover he had lost his passport, forcing him to miss his scheduled morning flight back to Hamburg.

Kompany is now hoping to catch a later flight, but the delay is not likely to go down well with the club, who on Monday demanded he return to prepare for Friday night's Bundesliga opener at Bayern Munich.

'We have reached an agreement that we can call him back after the second group game,' Hamburg coach Martin Jol had said. 'Our squad is not big enough that we can do without him.'

Earlier, the Belgian Football Association announced Kompany had decided to stay with the national team 'on his own initiative' and ignore the call from his club.

The Germans had subsequently threatened legal action, prompting the player to change his mind.

The Belgian FA were as a result forced to release him, as per an agreement between the parties made before the Games which gave Hamburg the option of recalling the player after two group matches.

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