Belgium added centre-back Jason Denayer to their training camp in Kuwait on Wednesday as their 27th Red Devil. Officials have confirmed that the player is with the team as cover ahead of the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
Denayer, who plays for Shabab Al-Ahli in the United Arab Emirates, was the surprise absentee from the list of 26 players coach Roberto Martinez for the finals, but had been placed on a four-man reserve list in case the others were injured. Defender Jan Vertonghen, who hasn’t featured in any of Anderlecht’s last three games before the World Cup, has raised concerns about his physical condition. Martinez has until 24 hours before Belgium’s first match, Tuesday at 8 p.m., to replace any injured members of his team.
He is also concerned about striker Romelu Lukaku’s form, who has only played twice since August after a thigh and hamstring problem. Belgium’s team doctors hope he can participate in the group stage in Qatar.
Belgium will face Egypt in a final warm-up match in Kuwait on Friday, ahead of the Group F opener against Canada next Wednesday (8pm). They will also face Morocco and Croatia in their pool.