Nainggolan unavailable for Belgium, Injured Hazard called up
Radja Nainggolan was not called-up to the Belgian national team for their upcoming qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece while Eden Hazard was ruled available by Roberto Martinez.
Belgium will look to maintain their unbeaten run in Group H of World Cup qualifying when they host Gibraltar on August 31st and travel to Greece on September 3rd. Late last week, Roberto Martinez announced Belgium’s roster for their upcoming qualifiers which included a few surprises.
Radja Nainggolan’s omission from the roster was the biggest surprise in Martinez’s call ups, making the Roma star unavailable for Belgium against Greece (and Gibraltar). In his stead, Steven Defour was offered a recall for the first time since November 2016, while Jordan Lukaku's reward for a fine start to the season at Lazio earned him a first call-up in 10 months.
Chelsea star, Eden Hazard, is available for Belgium, despite being troubled by an injury since May. Hazard has yet to make an appearance with Chelsea this season and his questionable readiness for Belgium will surely be a concern for coach Roberto Martinez.
Below is Belgium’s full roster for the qualifier against Gibraltar and Greece.
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Steven Defour (Burnley), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Liverpool)