Soccer-Belgium hit by new injury concerns ahead of Russia friendly

Reuters

BRUSSELS, March 26 (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Thibault Courtois and midfielder Marouane Fellaini have both been added to an already extensive injury list for Belgium as they head to Russia for a friendly in Sochi on Tuesday.

A hip injury keeps the Chelsea goalkeeper out of the trip while Fellaini is struggling with a toe complaint, the Belgian football association said on Sunday.

Defender Laurent Ciman will also sit out the trip with a knee injury.

The trio join sidelined Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and defender Thomas Meunier, who were ruled out of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Greece where Belgium needed a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw and keep intact their unbeaten record, and top place, in Group H. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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