Who could replace Timothy Castagne in the Belgium squad

Castagne out of Euro 2020

Belgium have been dealt a damaging blow to their hopes of winning a major international tournament after Timothy Castagne is expected to miss the rest of the tournament with a broken eye socket.

The Leicester City full-back collided with Russia’s Daler Kuzyaev at some speed going for the ball and it was later confirmed 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 also confirmed Vertonghen’s injury was 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 as to who could replace him.

However, Belgium did name an 11-man list of reserves which they could call upon.

  • 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 the list, the most similar to Castagne is arguably Thomas Foket. The Reims player was used in a predominantly right-back position but can, like Castagne, play in either full-back role and as a wing-back too.

Another quality option is Anderlecht’s Sambi Lokinga. Lokonga has been linked with a high profile move to Arsenal amongst a number of other clubs too.

Martinez may appreciate his versatility to play as a 6 or an 8.

Thomas Meunier is likely to be the replacement in the starting eleven.

It is unlikely that a more forward thinking player is drafted in. There is also the possibility that no one new will be called up.

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