Koen Casteels, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata, Thorgan Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen are absent from Belgium on Saturday during the World Cup qualifying match in and against the Czech Republic. The rules of the Czech government forbid the five to travel.
Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg), Meunier, Hazard (both Borussia Dortmund) and Boyata (Hertha BSC) play in the Bundesliga and are therefore not allowed to go to the Czech Republic. On Thursday it was announced that with Jonas Hofmann of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Marcel Halstenberg of RB Leipzig, two Bundesliga players had to be quarantined, because Hofmann tested positive for the corona virus.
Vermaelen is not active in Germany, but he is also not allowed to go with the Belgian team to Prague due to quarantine rules. He returns to Japan, where the ex-Ajax player plays for Vissel Kobe.
Yannick Carrasco is also missing from the ‘Red Devils’ on Saturday evening, but that has nothing to do with quarantine rules. The Atlético Madrid winger is not fit enough to take action against the Czechs.
With Meunier, Hazard and Vermaelen in the base, Belgium won the first World Cup qualifying match 3-1 against Wales on Wednesday. Hazard was then accurate. The Czechs won 2-6 on a visit to Estonia and lead in group E.
Thomas Meunier duels with Neco Williams during the duel with Wales.
View the results, the standings and the program in the World Cup qualification
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