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Jun 3, 2014

Casteels cut from Belgium squad

FC's Gab Marcotti points out potential weaknesses in the Belgium World Cup roster.

Koen Casteels has been dropped from Belgium's World Cup squad after the third-choice goalkeeper failed to recover from a broken bone in his leg.

- Van Walle: Belgium's goalkeeper strength

Coach Marc Wilmots had waited until the last possible moment to submit his final 23-man group to head to Brazil as he waited on Hoffenheim stopper Casteels, but has now confirmed Sammy Bossut of Zulte-Waregem will go in his place.

Wilmots originally submitted a 24-man group with the names of both goalkeepers -- who sit behind Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet in the pecking order -- but confirmed on Tuesday that only Bossut would travel.

"The 23-man list was submitted to FIFA yesterday evening [Monday] before midnight and included the name of Koen Casteels," a statement on the federation's website on Tuesday read. "However, a test undertaken by Casteels today showed that the goalkeeper has not sufficiently recovered in time to take part in the World Cup."

Casteels suffered a fractured tibia in a Bundesliga match on April 6. Bossut has only one cap to his name, earned last week against Luxuembourg.

Squad: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bossut (Zulte-Waregem); Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege); Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg); Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Divock Origi (Lille), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

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