By DAN KARELL
Belgium has lost another defender to injury, dwindling its back line ahead of its World Cup Round of 16 match against the U.S. Men’s National Team.
After taking a hard challenge late in Belgium’s 1-0 defeat of South Korea, a scan showed that Red Devils right back Anthony Vanden Borre had a crack in his fibula, ruling him out for the rest of the World Cup. Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots first announced the news over his official twitter account, but said that Vanden Borre would remain with the team throughout its stay at the World Cup.
The injury means that Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is likely to return to the starting lineup as the team’s right back for the match against the USA. However, as recently as Friday, captain Vincent Kompany and versatile defender Thomas Vermaelen were both doubts to be fit for Tuesday’s match.
Reserve defender Laurent Ciman is on the injured list for the match, recovering from an adductor strain.
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