English Premiership

Benteke on sidelines

2015-09-03 08:37
Christian Benteke (AP)

Brussels - Belgium striker Christian Benteke became their second casualty ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia in Brussels when he pulled out of the match with a thigh injury.

However, coach Marc Wilmots told reporters on Wednesday that Benteke, who had a scan after being injured in Liverpool's 3-0 Premier League defeat by West Ham United on Saturday, could return for Sunday's Group B game in Cyprus.

On Tuesday, midfielder Mousa Dembele was ruled out of both matches after he had a scan on an ankle injury suffered in Tottenham Hotspur's 0-0 draw against Everton on Saturday.

Benteke's injury means Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could start on Thursday.

Belgium trail group leaders Wales by two points as they seek a top-two finish to clinch a place at the finals in France.

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