Belgium will be without their midfield maestro, Kevin de Bruyne, after he sustained an injury in the UCL final
Belgium has selected two replacements to take the place of their leader Kevin De Bruyne, who will be absent from their upcoming European Championship matches against Austria and Estonia due to an injury he sustained during the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Belgian football association announced on Monday that Johan Bakayoko and Aster Vranckx, who are both 20 years old, have been elevated from the under-21 team to participate in the Group F matches against Austria in Brussels on Saturday and Estonia on June 20.
Bakayoko, who is a striker for PSV Eindhoven, has been called up for the second time, while Vranckx, who plays for AC Milan, has received his first call-up.
De Bruyne, who was supposed to lead the team in the Group F matches, suffered a hamstring injury during Manchester City’s win against Inter Milan in Istanbul on Saturday.
Full Belgium squad
Goalkeepers: Arnaud Bodart (Standard Liege), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn Rovers), Matz Sels (Racing Strasbourg)
Defenders: Ameen Al-Dakhil (Burnley), Sebastiaan Bornauw (VfL Wolfsburg), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Wout Faes (Leicester City), Arthur Theate (Stade Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht)
Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Aster Vranckx (AC Milan), Olivier Deman (Cercle Brugge), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Mike Tresor (Racing Genk), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Jeremy Doku (Stade Rennes), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dodi Lukebakio (Hertha Berlin), Lois Openda (Racing Lens), Johan Bakayoko (PSV Eindhoven)