Castagne out of Euro 2020
Belgium have been dealt a damaging blow in their hopes of winning a first major international tournament, with Timothy Castagne expected to miss the rest of Euro 2020 with a broken eye socket.
The Leicester City full-back collided with Russia’s Daler Kuzyaev at some speed on Saturday, and it was later confirmed that he had suffered a broken socket.
Roberto Martinez spoke regarding the news after the game.
“Really bad news, sad to see Timothy Castagne is going to be out of the tournament,” Martinez said.
“He’s had images taken, he’s got a double fracture, and now we’ll take the necessary treatment.”
Martinez added that Jan Vertonghen’s injury is far less serious.
“Jan Vertonghen has a typical football injury, an ankle knock that we’re going to wait 48 hours to see the extent of, but I don’t expect that to be too serious.”
Who will replace Castagne?
No news has yet surfaced regarding who could replace Castagne in Belgium’s squad.
However, the Red Devils did name an 11-man list of reserves from which they can now choose:
- GK: Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn Rovers)
- DF: Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge)
- DF: Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liège)
- DF: Jordan Lukaku (Antwerp)
- DF: Thomas Foket (Reims)
- MF: Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht)
- MF: Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)
- Brayn Heynen (Genk)
- MF: Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan)
- FW: Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht)
- FW: Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge)
Of these players, the most similar to Castagne is arguably Thomas Foket. The Reims player was used in a predominantly right-back position this season, but can, like Castagne, play in either full-back role and as a wing-back.
Another quality option is Anderlecht’s Sambi Lokonga. Lokonga has been linked with a high profile move to Arsenal, along with a number of other clubs.
Martinez may appreciate his versatility to play as a 6 or an 8.
Thomas Meunier is likely to be Castagne’s replacement in the starting eleven.
It is unlikely that a more forward thinking player will be drafted in. There is also the possibility that no one will be called up.
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