Friday, November 10, 2023 – 11:00 AM I by Editorial Staff
After a period of injuries, there is finally positive news from the Red Devils camp: Koen Casteels has been declared fit and is expected to be part of the selection that Domenico Tedesco will announce on Friday afternoon for the upcoming international matches.
Belgium, which is preparing for a practice match against Serbia on November 15 in the King Baudouin Stadium, followed by the crucial European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan four days later, can count on the experienced goalkeeper again. Casteels, who has not played any games for his club VfL Wolfsburg since October 7 due to an abdominal muscle injury, has been declared fit for the match against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday evening by his club coach Niko Kovac.
This timely return is a significant boost for the national team, especially as first choice Thibaut Courtois is struggling with a serious injury, meaning Casteels is now considered the obvious number one. The goalkeeper, who collected just seven caps in ten years as an international player, will hope to increase his international playing time as he becomes eligible for national selection again.
In October, Casteels was replaced by Matz Sels in the international matches against Austria and Sweden, while Arnaud Bodart and Thomas Kaminski, who has recently impressed for Luton Town in the Premier League, were the other goalkeepers in the squad.