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Simon Mignolet is no longer part of the Belgian squad. One day after the 1/8 final against Portugal, he had to leave the Red Devils due to injury. Tomas Kaminsky, who was also part of the selection while preparing for the European Championships, is his replacement.
Mignolet, the second goalkeeper for the Red Devils after Thibaut Courtois, had to end preparations early on Sunday for the eighth final in Seville against Portugal (a 1-0 win). Troynar apparently had problems with his left knee and left La Cartuja an hour before the match. Company spokesman Stefan van Loek later indicated that it would be a very minor injury. Mignolet was already on the bench during the match, but Matz Sells took over the role of second goalkeeper.
On Monday it turned out that Mignolet still had to leave the Red Devils. Kaminsky, already put by Martinez on the reserve roster in the run-up to the tournament, will join the group.
“Unfortunately, Mignolet received less news,” Martinez further explained afterwards at a press time at the National Training Center in Tubiz. “He has a knee problem and will not be fit for the remainder of the tournament. We have been in contact with Club Brugge, and we are letting him go on holiday.”
Meanwhile, Mignolet also responded via Twitter to his loss for the rest of the tournament. “I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from the selection due to an injury,” Limberger wrote. “I’m still the 12th man for the rest of the European Championship but now from home.”
Teammate Thibaut Courtois supported goalkeeper Mignolet on Twitter.