Tottenham Hotspur star Jan Vertonghen shares sympathy for Celtic's Dedryck Boyata

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - Belgium training session - Knokke-Heist, Belgium

The Celtic defender will miss Euro 2016 with a muscle strain.

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - Belgium training session - Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata had a solid if not inspiring debut season at Celtic last term and it looked as though he might be heading to the European Championships with Belgium as a consequence.

With Vincent Kompany out injured the former Manchester City youngster, who has two caps for the Belgian national team, was in the preliminary Red Devils squad.

Belgium's Jan Vertonghen listens to questions during a news conferenceBelgium's Jan Vertonghen listens to questions during a news conference

The 25-year-old will not however be featuring for Belgium at the Euros.

National coach Marc Wilmots confirmed this was the case yesterday as Boyata has not yet fully recovered from a muscle injury.

Today has seen him, and fellow injury victim Nicolas Lombaerts, receive some sympathy from Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, telling Het Laatste Nieuws:

Belgium's Nicolas Lombaerts in action with Wales' Gareth BaleBelgium's Nicolas Lombaerts in action with Wales' Gareth Bale

"They were hugely disappointed and I was for them.

“Nicolas has played a lot in our European Championship campaign and Dedryck faced his first big tournament.

"We now have so many problems in the defence, it is quite difficult. We still have plenty of qualities, but there should not be done much more since then the problems are greater."

Dedryck Boyata celebrates with Tom Rogic after scoring the second goal for CelticDedryck Boyata celebrates with Tom Rogic after scoring the second goal for Celtic

Vertonghen is now likely to form a back-four of centre-backs, comprising of himself and Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld at left and right-back respectively, with Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen in central defence.

Boyata is still young and the Celtic player is still firmly in the thoughts of Wilmots.

He will now be working on getting fit for the new campaign under the management of Brendan Rodgers at Celtic – and looking forward to better days with Belgium to come.

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