It appears Laurent Ciman will not be a part of this year's World Cup.
Late last night, the Belgium National Team announced the defender had departed the squad's camp in Russia and was returning to Belgium. Ciman is still being considered as a standby player in case of an injury, but could be released back to LAFC on Sunday night.
@LaurentCiman23 left the group this morning. Laurent returned to and will now remain one of our stand-by players, until Sunday evening 5pm. R. Martínez thanks him for his professionalism and contribution to the team during our #WorldCup preparation. #REDTOGETHER— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 16, 2018
Ciman had trained with Belgium in the lead up to the start of the tournament. He was named as a standby after Vincent Kompany suffered an injury in training. At the time, it was feared Kompany may not be able to take part in Russia 2018. Today's news seems to confirm Kompany's fitness.
Best of luck guys, I will be with you in spirit.… https://t.co/8VyVmpo4qZ— Laurent Ciman (@LaurentCiman23) June 16, 2018
If Ciman is in fact released on Sunday, it is unclear when he would arrive back in Los Angeles. LAFC take on Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday, June 20 in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.