Nations League: Injured Romelu Lukaku left out as Roberto Martinez names 30-man Belgium squad
Belgium's all-time record goalscorer, on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea, has not played since August due to a muscle problem.
Brussels: Romelu Lukaku will miss Belgium’s upcoming Nations League matches with injury as coach Roberto Martinez named a 30-man squad on Friday.
Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer, on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea, has not played since August due to a muscle problem.
Rennes winger Jeremy Doku is also out injured, with Martinez giving a first call-up to 18-year-old Anderlecht defender Zeno Debast.
Belgium will host Wales in Brussels on 22 September and take on the Netherlands in Amsterdam three days later in their final competitive game before the World Cup in Qatar.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 16, 2022
The Belgians trail leaders the Netherlands by three points in Group A4 heading into their last two matches.
Belgium open their World Cup campaign against Canada in Al Rayyan on 23 November, before further Group F games against Morocco and Croatia.
Belgium Nations League squad:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid/ESP), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/GER), Matz Sels (Strasbourg/FRA)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Antwerp), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Arthur Theate (Rennes/FRA), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City/ENG), Dedryck Boyata (Club Brugge), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Jason Denayer (free agent), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Wout Faes (Leicester City/ENG)
Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/ENG), Amadou Onana (Everton/ENG), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan/ITA), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa/ENG)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce/TUR), Lois Openda (Lens/FRA), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid/ESP), Leandro Trossard (Brighton/ENG), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan/ITA), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray/TUR), Dodi Lukebakio (Hertha Berlin/GER)
Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2022 Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco: FT CRO 0-0 BEL, CAN 1-2 MAR; Belgium knocked out
FIFA World Cup 2022: Highlights, full score and updates of Croatia vs Belgium and Canada vs Morocco from Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.
Romelu Lukaku missed a string of chances after being brought on in the second half as Roberto Martinez' Red Devils failed to reach the knockouts for the first time since 1998.
Belgium finished third in Group F after being held to a goalless draw by Croatia on Thursday, resulting in the Red Devils failing to reach the FIFA World Cup knockouts for the first time since 1998.