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Belgium's Vermaelen suffers fresh injury blow

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Belgium's Vermaelen suffers fresh injury blow
Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Press Conference - Belgium Training Camp, Dedovsk, Russia - July 8, 2018 Belgium's Thomas Vermaelen during the press conference REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin   -   Copyright  SERGEI KARPUKHIN(Reuters)
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered another injury blow and will be out of action for several weeks after straining an adductor muscle on international duty.

The 32-year-old would miss Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands in Brussels, Belgian FA officials said in a media advisory on Monday.

Vermaelen, who has been hit by a succession of injuries since signing for Barcelona in 2014, was taken off after 73 minutes of Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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