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Belgian defender Vanden Borre confirmed out injured for World Cup

Jun 27, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

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Belgium will be down a piece of its back line when they take on the United States.

Defender Anthony Vanden Borre will miss the rest of the World Cup after being carried off in stoppage time of the team’s last group-stage match against South Korea.

Coach Marc Wilmots confirmed via Twitter that Vanden Borre suffered a broken fibula.

Vanden Borre hadn’t played in the team’s first two group stage matches, but he got the start in the finale against South Korea when Wilmots chose to rest regular right-back Toby Alderweireld, who is on a yellow card.

The 26-year-old has been with the national team since 2004, owning 26 appearances during that time.  He got his first cap when he was just 16 years old.

Vanden Borre’s club story is one of a nomad, having played for Fiorentina, Genoa, Genk, and most recently Anderlecht, the same place he began his professional career.

He only earned his second stint at the Belgian giants after convincing them to give him a second chance in early 2013 after eight months of unemployment.  He has since earned a first-team place at Anderlecht which led to his return to the national team.

Vanden Borre will stay with the team throughout the rest of their World Cup stay, Wilmots said.

  1. talgrath - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    The loss of a back up is never a good thing, but Belgium will pretty much be at full strength defensively against the US, unfortunately.

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