Belgium's striking crisis deepened on Saturday with teenage forward Divock Origi being taken to hospital for scans on an ankle injury, just days away from their opening FIFA World Cup™ Group H game against Algeria.
Origi, who is of Kenyan descent, had to be helped off the training pitch at Mogi das Cruzes in Sau Paulo State after suffering the injury following a challenge from midfielder Moussa Dembele.
Belgium have already seen Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke ruled out of the tournament with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who had a successful loan spell at Everton last season, only returned to training on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury in a bruising friendly with Tunisia last Saturday.
If Lille's Origi, 19, does not recover by Tuesday, then Lukaku will be their only recognised central striker available for their Group H opener against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.
There was more bad news for Belgium coach Marc Wilmots as winger Kevin de Bruyne limped off with yet another ankle problem following a challenge with Eden Hazard, although his appeared less serious. Still the problems kept coming, though, as centre-back Thomas Vermaelen complained of a knee problem at the end of the training session.
If the worst comes to the worst, Belgium have until Monday to call up a replacement if one of their players is ruled out of the tournament through injury.