Belgium vs Canada start time, line-ups and predictions: Live updates of World Cup 2022 match


Sixteen goals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia saw Belgium top the scoring charts as a nation, as Roberto Martinez’s style of play expertly accommodated the nation’s plethora of attacking talent.

However, Romelu Lukaku will miss his nation’s World Cup opener and also could be sidelined for the second match against Morocco.

Lukaku, 29, has not featured since October 29 because of a left thigh injury and has not played 90 minutes since Inter Milan’s Serie A opener against Lecce on August 13.

“We’re very happy the way that he is progressing. He had a very good session yesterday, not with a group, but is progressing in a steady way,” Belgium coach Roberto Martínez said on Tuesday. “We haven’t got a timeline.

“I wouldn’t be able to tell if he’s going to be the second game or the third game,” he said. “If I follow the medical advice, at this point it would be the third game. If I follow how the player feels, probably we’ve got a chance for the second game.”

Captain Eden Hazard will feature but has made just two starts for Real Madrid this season.

Can Canada capitalise on Belgium’s injury and fitness woes?


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