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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez includes Axel Witsel in squad despite midfielder’s lack of match fitness-Sports News , Happy Easterday

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez contains Axel Witsel in squad regardless of midfielder’s lack of match fitness-Sports activities Information , Blissful Easterday

Witsel underwent an operation on his achilles tendon in January and resumed operating only a few days in the past, leaving his availability for the June 11-July 11 match unsure.

File picture of Axel Witsel. AFP

Brussels: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez on Monday named a 26-strong squad for Euro 2020 together with Axel Witsel however with out Marouane Fellaini.

Witsel underwent an operation on his achilles tendon in January and resumed operating only a few days in the past, leaving his availability for the 11 June – 11 July match unsure.

“With a squad prolonged to 26 (as a substitute of 23), I can take this danger (on Witsel), he is a novel participant,” mentioned Martinez.

Fellaini, who has not performed for Belgium for the reason that 2018 World Cup after which he left for China, has not been summoned from worldwide retirement.

The squad, which additionally features a stand-by record of 11 gamers, have to be formally declared to UEFA by 1 June on the newest.

Belgium have been drawn in Pool B and can play Russia on 12 June, Denmark 5 days later and Finland on 21 June.

Belgium squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Actual Madrid/ESP), Simon Mignolet (FC Bruges), Matz Sels (Strasbourg/FRA)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/ENG), Dedrick Boyata (Hertha Berlin/GER), Jason Denayer (Lyon/FRA), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica/POR), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe/JPN)

Midfielders: Timothy Catagne (Leicester/ENG), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Nacer Chadli (İstanbul Basaksehir/TUR), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis/ENG), Thorghan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Dennis Praet (Leicester/ENG), Youri Tielemans (Leicester/ENG), Hans Vanaken (FC Bruges), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Forwards: Mitchy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace/ENG), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/ENG), Jeremy Doku (Rennes/FRA), Eden Hazard (Actual Madrid/ESP), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan/ITA), Dries Mertens (Napoli/ITA), Leandro Trossard (Brighton/ENG)

Stand-by record: Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn/ENG), Alexis Saelemaekers (Milan AC/ITA), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht), Bryan Heynen (RC Genk), Thomas Foket (Reims/FRA), Adnan Januzaj Actual Sociedad/ESP), Brandon Mechele (FC Bruges), Jordan Lukaku (Antwerp), Zinho Vanheusden (Commonplace Liege), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Charles De Ketelaere (FC Bruges)

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Updated: May 17, 2021 — 12:30 pm

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