Football: Defence headaches mount for Wilmots as Vanden Borre is out

Football: Defence headaches mount for Wilmots as Vanden Borre is out
South Korea's Kim Young-gwon (L) and Belgium's Anthony Vanden Borre fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014.

MOGI DAS CRUZES - Belgium right-back Anthony Vanden Borre will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking his ankle, coach Marc Wilmots said Friday.

Vanden Borre suffered a fracture to his fibula during Thursday's 1-0 win over South Korea.

"Anthony wont play again at this World Cup but will stay with our team," said Wilmots on his Twitter account.

Vanden Borre underwent test at a hospital in Sao Paulo following the game as his ankle was badly swollen.

He originally thought it was merely a twisted ankle but the results showed he had a fracture.

The 26-year-old, who finished the game limping, is not Wilmots' first choice right-back and was only playing against the Koreans as Toby Alderweireld was rested, along with several other regular starters.

Ahead of Belgium's last 16 clash with the United States in Salvador on Tuesday, the Red Devils also have concerns over captain Vincent Kompany, who has not trained since Wednesday due to a groin problem.

Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is also a doubt having injured his thigh against Russia five days ago, although he started running again Thursday.

Another defender, Laurent Ciman, had an injection in his groin and is yet another doubt.

"I hope to have these three players back. We'll see on Monday, the day before the match," said Wilmots.

More about

Purchase this article for republication.



Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.