The expected line-up of the Red Devils: eight positions seem to be fixed, three more question marks


Eden Hazard’s replacement Leandro Trossard will not play today. “He got a kick and has to take it easy for two days,” said the national coach. There are still absentees. Jan Vertonghen did train with the group, but that was the first time in twelve days. Therefore he will be spared.

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Romelu Lukaku’s recovery is still going as planned. He trains individually on the field. The first group match at the World Cup may not be feasible, but after that he must be completely free of his thigh muscle injury. Third goalkeeper Koen Casteels missed the last training because of a cold. The Wolfsburg goalie is not in the selection for Egypt. Thorgan Hazard has recovered from his cold.

As for the basic setup, it’s not quite clear yet. Dendoncker or Debast? Meunier or Castagne? Onana or Tielemans? The rest seems a foregone conclusion. Unless Martinez started experimenting in the last game before the World Cup, which he has never done before.

Expected XI Belgium:

Courtois – Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Theate – Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco – De Bruyne, E. Hazard – Batshuayi

Substitutes: Mignolet, Debast, Faes, Meunier, Onana, Vanaken, T. Hazard, Mertens, De Ketelaere, Doku, Openda

Expected XI Egypt:

El Shenawy – Tawfik, Alaa, Hegazy, Hamdi – Hamed, Elneny – Salah, Ashour, Trezeguet – Mohamed

Substitutes: Mohamed Awad, A. El-Shennawy, Omar Gaber, Hussien El-Sayed, Ali Gabr, Osama Galal, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Taher Mohamed, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Mahmoud Hamada, Ahmed Hassan Kouka

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