The Red Devils are on two days of the first friendly against Portugal (20.45). After that competition is to determine which five players from the final selection of 23 fall.
That Thomas Vermaelen would not be able to play against Portugal had been clear, but it remains to be seen whether Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini be ready in time to get to. Both midfielders trained again this morning separate from the group. For Witsel is already the third day in a row, which makes him since his arrival at the Red Devils in Tubize, no courses attended. It therefore seems likely that the player of Tianjin Quanjian will not be able to participate in the match against Portugal. Also in Marouane Fellaini, we should have a question mark in places. He trained today for the second day in a row individually.
Yet for none of the three repercuties in their final world cup selection. With Vermaelen definitely the coach just at the last moment whether he is fit enough shall be deemed. And without really big blessurezorgen make Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini simply part of the final core.
Who this morning again when was on field number two of the Belgian Football Center in Tubize was Vincent Kompany. The defender was yesterday within remained as a precaution. Something he also at his club Manchester City more often do to keep fit.
Teunckens depanneert again
Simon Mignolet is still missing due to holidays, but still, with four goalkeepers to train – something that Martinez loves to do – is Jens Teunckens again when the group met. Teunckens – by Club Brugge last season on loan to royal Antwerp – trained well last week, with the Red Devils when all the other keepers are still on holiday.
A striking feature of the warming of the goalies. Erwin Lemmens – transferred to other training always number one and two (Courtois-Mignolet) under my hands – was now Courtois and Casteels, with him, while Matz Sels and Jens Teunckens their warming effect on the Spanish assistant goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara. An omen for the final selection? Koen Casteels and Matz Sels fight for the post of third goalkeeper. One of them must stay at home from the world cup.
Friday following the last training session for the international match, will then Martinez so few taking the plunge and another five players from the 28-man pre-selection to eliminate – at this time seem especially Matz Sels, Dedryck Boyata, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans, Jordan Lukaku and Christian Benteke for their place to have to fear, though it also depends a lot on the evolution of the injuries. At the latest on Monday 4 June the coach his final list of 23 to the Wereldvoetbalbond transfer.