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Belgium's midfielder Adnan Januzaj (L) and Belgium's defender Thomas Vermaelen attend a training session during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Mogi das Cruzes on July 3, 2014
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Belgium's midfielder Adnan Januzaj (L) and Belgium's defender Thomas Vermaelen attend a training session during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Mogi das Cruzes on July 3, 2014 (AFP Photo/Martin Bureau)

Mogi das Cruzes (Brazil) (AFP) - Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is back in contention to feature against Argentina in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final after returning to full training on Thursday.

The Arsenal centre-back missed his side's last two games due to a right thigh strain, but he was among 13 players who took part in a training session at Belgium's base in Sao Paulo state.

Another group of players, those who had started Tuesday's 2-1 win over the United States in the last 16, participated in a bike ride.

Coach Marc Wilmots said that captain Vincent Kompany was "recovering well" from a groin problem that forced him to sit out his side's final group game against South Korea a week ago.

However, midfielder Mousa Dembele is continuing to undergo treatment after receiving a knock against South Korea.

Belgium fly to Brasilia on Thursday evening in preparation for their last-eight encounter against Argentina at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium on Saturday.

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