End of season for Lucas Bijker (29). The left back of KV Mechelen has suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee in the match against KRC Genk. Bijker will be operated on next Thursday. The Dutchman is expected to be sidelined for six to nine months. Bijker will therefore not only miss the rest of the play-offs, but will probably also not be in action before the start of the World Cup at the end of November.
Due to the withdrawal of Bijker, KV has a problem on the left for this weekend. Doublure Alec Van Hoorenbeeck has been training again this week after a calf injury, but is not yet in top shape. The same goes for young Dylan Dassy, who has just recovered from a serious knee injury. Rick van Drongelen is not thinking about playing football after the dramatic accident on Wednesday morning. The only remaining option for Wouter Vrancken seems to move Sandy Walsh to the left against AA Gent and let Iebe Swers start on the right.
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