Belgium have failed to light up the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil so far, and now they have suffered a blow in their pursuit of glory.
Defender Anthony Vanden Borre has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a cracked fibula.
The Anderlecht right-back suffered the injury during the Red Devils’ final Group H match against South Korea in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
The 26-year-old had to be stretchered off the pitch, as Belgium won the contest 1-0 to maintain their 100% record in the competition.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots subsequently announced on social networking site Twitter that Borre will miss the rest of the competition but will stay on with the team in Brazil.
‘Crack in fibula’, wrote the 45-year-old. ‘Anthony will no longer be able to play at the World Cup but will remain with the team’.
Now, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has sent a message to his Belgium international teammate on Twitter, asking him to maintain his “strength and courage” as they are all in this “together”.
Force et courage a @AvdBorre on est ensemble mon sheguey✌— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 27, 2014
Borre made his debut for Belgium back in 2004 when he was 16, and was making his first appearance at the ongoing World Cup against South Korea.
The former Fiorentina and Genoa defender’s World Cup campaign is over, and Belgium need to get past this quickly and focus on their next game, which is against the USA in the last 16 at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on July 1.