Belgium vs Morocco XI: Team News, Possible Lineup

Belgium continue their pursuit of a first World Cup on Sunday, when they meet Group F rivals Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku is on target when Belgium name their team to face Morocco at the World Cup today.

The striker, who is his country’s all-time top goalscorer, missed the opening win over

Canada with a thigh injury, and has played just 29 minutes of competitive football since August.

Roberto Martinez confirmed that Lukaku is not far away from being available, but the Morocco clash is likely to come too soon.

“Today Romelu trained with the rest of the group,” Martinez said on Thursday.

“It was a control session, now we’ll see how his body reacts now afterwards.

“I don’t think he’ll be ready to start the match against Morocco, but we’ll find out in the next two days.”

Martinez might be tempted to shuffle his pack after the poor display against Canada,

with Thomas Meunier a likely candiate to come in for Yannick Carrasco.

Amadou Onana is also pushing for a place in the starting lineup.

 

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Morocco:  are sweating on the fitness of Bayern Munich left-back Noussair Mazraoui after he

was forced off against Croatia with a hip injury, having landed awkwardly.

He’s a serious doubt as a result and should he miss out then it will likely be Yahya Attiat-Allah who comes into the side.

Abdessamad Ezzalzoul has a hamstring injury and is expected to miss out, but apart from that

there are no real concerns for Morocco as they look for another positive result having held Croatia to a draw.

Hakim Ziyech had a number of bright moments in that match, particularly in the first-half,

and Morocco will rely on the Chelsea winger to cause an ageing Belgium backline problems.

 

Predicted Belgium XI (3-4-2-1):

Courtois;

Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen;

Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne;

De Bruyne, Hazard;

Batshuayi

 

Predicted Morocco XI (4-2-3-1):

Bounou;

Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Attiat-Allah;

Amrabat, Ounahi;

Ziyech, Amallah, Boufal;

En-Nesyri

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