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 By Tom Marshall

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi out vs. Mexico, Japan due to injury

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BRUSSELS -- Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will not feature for Belgium against Mexico or Japan and has returned to his club with a foot injury, confirmed manager Roberto Martinez on Thursday.

"Batshuayi could not train," said Martinez in the pregame news conference ahead of Friday's match with Mexico. "We did a scan but he has gone back to Chelsea."

Martinez explained that the 24-year-old Chelsea player arrived in camp carrying the injury and that doctors have decided he is not fit enough to take part in either of Belgium's upcoming friendlies.

The Spaniard will also be without Tottenham defender and Belgium captain Jan Vertonghen, who has an ankle complaint, but will remain with the squad and could be available for next Tuesday's game against Japan.

Martinez explained that Vertonghen's injury was "nothing serious."

Michy Batshuayi will not participate in Belgium's upcoming friendlies.

Eden Hazard is likely to captain Belgium in the absence of Vincent Kompany and Vertonghen, and thinks Mexico will provide a stern test for the home side.

"I expect a good game," said Hazard. "I know of course Chicharito and also Ochoa the goalkeeper [who used to play] in France.

"I know they have quality too and tomorrow we'll play a good game. They are two teams that want to ball."

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.

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