Ameen Al-Dakhil adds to Burnley's injury concerns by withdrawing from Belgium squad

Ameen Al-Dakhil has added to Burnley’s injury woes by withdrawing from Belgium’s international squad.
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The 21-year-old was called up to Belgium’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Austria and Sweden.

However, the centre-back has now left the squad due to an injury concern.

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The Red Devils announced: “Ameen Al-Dakhil is not fit for the Austria game and left the squad this afternoon. Zinho Vanheusden joins the team. Welcome back, Zinho.”

It comes after Al-Dakhil was brought off at half-time during Burnley’s 4-1 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend.

Vincent Kompany is already light on centre-backs after losing Jordan Beyer, also to injury.

“It’s an injury. Jordan is injured,” Kompany said after the German was missing against Chelsea. “That’s unfortunate for us and comes at a bad time.”

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Armando Broja of Chelsea battles for possession with Ameen Al-Dakhil of Burnley  during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 07, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Armando Broja of Chelsea battles for possession with Ameen Al-Dakhil of Burnley  during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 07, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Armando Broja of Chelsea battles for possession with Ameen Al-Dakhil of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 07, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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Hjalmar Ekdal, another central defender, also remains sidelined with a knee injury he suffered against Nottingham Forest.

“We feared for some of them, especially Ekdal, that it could be severe but in the end it’s just going to be a normal rehab,” Kompany said at the end of August.

It means Dara O’Shea and Hannes Delcroix are the only two centre-backs Burnley currently have fit and healthy.

Burnley’s injury list also includes the likes of Johann Gudmundsson, Manuel Benson, Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi.

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Providing an update on his recovery, Gudmundsson posted on social media: “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”

The midfielder suffered the setback during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on September 23, which caused him to be taken off after 20 minutes to be replaced by Mike Tresor.

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