The national team coach Roberto Martinez said on Saturday that Thibaut Courtois is the only one who will not travel to Wales. But on departure, in addition to Courtois and Eden Hazard, it appeared that Mignolet, Denayer and Brett also remained in Belgium.
So there was no 32nd cap for Mignolet’s side. Casteels will be among the posts. “The plan was that Mignolet would play against Estonia if Courtois was not ready,” said Roberto Martinez. “I would have presented Castiles to Wales anyway if we qualified. For him it is an experience to play against a team that plays British football typically. Mignolet has had that experience ever since at Liverpool. For the March training meeting, Mignolet will play one game and Castels other. It has already been established.” Thomas Kaminski has already been called up to Wales from his club in Blackburn, England, to be the third goalkeeper.
Denayer felt pain in the back of his knee and was therefore immediately allowed to return to his club in Lyon. Bright was still unable to train and was allowed to return to Turin. It gives the national coach the opportunity to try a few things.
The Eleventh Waiting For The Red Devils: Castells – Castagne, Boyata, Vertonghen – Sailemakers, Witsel, De Bruyne, T. Hazard – Trossard, Benteke, de Ketelari
Invallers: Sels, Kaminski, Faes, Theate, Meunier, Vanaken, Mertens, Carrasco, Origi, Dendoncker, Sambi Lokonga, Vanzeir
injured: Lukaku, Batshuayi, Praet, Alderweireld, Tielemans, Foket
Rust: Hazard, Courtois, Mignolet, Denier
Wales with hitter Bill
While Real Madrid sees Eden Hazard return, the royal will have to wait a little longer for another (unnecessary) outcast: Gareth Bale (32). The winger opted to stay with Wales although he is unsure of the Belgium match. Bale has struggled with a hamstring injury for the past two months, but has made his way into the national team to celebrate his 100th international match against Belarus. He’ll start off the bench anyway.
For Wales, the match is no longer of vital importance. With group victories in the Nations League, de Draken is already sure of their World Cup leaps, but if they get at least one point against Belgium, they are second in the group for the Czech Republic. Then they have a ground advantage in jump matches and perhaps a more favorable opponent. The last time Wales reached the World Cup was in 1958.
Expected eleventh for Wales: Ward – Davis, Rodon, Mavan – N Williams, Ramsay, Allen, C. Roberts – James, Moore, Wilson
Alternatives: Hennessy, Gunther, Colwell, Muriel, Bell, Thomas, Harris, Foulkes, A. Davis, Johnson, Williams
injured: Kabango, Levitt, Lawrence, Brooks
On one comment card: Ramsey, Gunther, Wilson, J. Allen, Thomas, Muriel
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