• World Cup 2022

Belgium vs Canada: Latest fitness updates on Romelu Lukaku and Alphonso Davies

Canada (Alphonso Davies)
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Both sides have come into the World Cup with crucial injury doubts.

Romelu Lukaku will miss Belgium’s upcoming match against Canada, while Alphonso Davies is ready to play for the Reds.

Lukaku picked up a thigh injury while playing for Inter in October. The Red Devils hoped to have their star strikers back in time for their opening match against Canada.

However, Roberto Martinez has confirmed the former Chelsea star will miss the upcoming game.

“He is making progress, but to see him 100 per cent healed will take time,” Martinez said on Tuesday. 

“We are sticking to the schedule. I don’t think he will be fit to play the first World Cup match from the first minute. 

“At this point, we have the feeling that Lukaku could be ready for the second half of the competition.”

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Davies is BACK!

Meanwhile, Canada received a massive squad boost with the return of Alphonso Davies.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, manager John Herdman said of Davies’ fitness: “You’ve just got to go through the algorithms they put in front of you to progress to hit top speed, which he’s hit.

“He’s been clear he wanted to play. He’s been in full training and got that big smile on his face, so that’s great.

“I don’t think there’d be any doubt we’d be starting him, but you’ve got to follow the medical advice. Our goal first and foremost is always the safety of the players.

“As a coach you’re always frustrated when you get the reports in and all the algorithms on returning to play, what they can and can’t do and loadings, et cetera.

“But when you speak to the player you have to look into their eyes and get a sense of what they want, how far they’re willing to push, and you’ve got to ask the questions.

“If not the first game, then what’s the risk for the second game? At the end of the day, he’s fit now, he’s hit his markers, he’s ready to go. He was flying in training yesterday.”