May 19, 2014 / 9:37 AM / 5 years ago

Belgium forced to find stand-in keeper again

Anderlecht's Silvio Proto celebrates winning the Belgian championship, after drawing Zulte Waregem on the last leg of the Belgian soccer first division playoff 1 at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Anderlecht May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been forced to call up yet another reserve goalkeeper after Anderlecht number one Silvio Proto broke his arm in the final match of the Belgian league season on Sunday.

Wilmots said in a tweet that he would add Sammy Bossut, 28, of Belgian side Zulte Waregem to his 24-man squad although Bossut could find himself cut from the final 23 in two weeks’ time.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, loaned out to newly crowned Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons, is Belgium’s clear number one, followed by Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.

Third choice Koen Casteels broke his shin in early April and has been given until the start of June to prove he has recovered, failing which his spot will go to Bossut. Proto was the original stand-in.

Belgium, appearing in the World Cup for the first time since 2002, will hold training camps and play friendlies against Luxembourg and Sweden before the final 23-man squad is named on June 2.

Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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