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World Cup: Belgium right-back Anthony Vanden Borre out of tournament

Anthony Vanden Borre of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Ivory Coast
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Belgium right-back Anthony Vanden Borre will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking his ankle during Thursday’s 1-0 win over South Korea.

Vanden Borre finished Belgium's final Group H game with a suspected twisted ankle but hospital tests revealed he had a fractured fibula.

The 26-year-old is not a first-choice starter at the tournament and played against South Korea as cover for Toby Alderweireld, who was rested along with several other players.

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots said: "Anthony won’t play again at this World Cup but will stay with our team."

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Belgium also have fitness concerns over captain Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen ahead of Tuesday’s last 16 -clash with the USA in Salvador.

Kompany has not trained since Wednesday due to a groin problem, while Arsenal centre-back Vermaelen only started running on Thursday after injuring his thigh against Russia.

To add to Belgium’s defensive woes, defender Laurent Ciman, who was a substitute for the Russia game, has had a groin injection and is also doubtful for the USA showdown.

Wilmots said: "I hope to have these three players back. We'll see on Monday, the day before the match."

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