National coach Roberto Martinez of Belgium no longer counts on attacker Dries Mertens of Napoli for the away match against England in the Nations League on Sunday. The former PSV striker had still not arrived in England on Saturday evening. He may be available again for the game with Iceland next Wednesday.
With the selection and supervision of Napoli, Mertens had to go into isolation in a resort at the end of last month after the home game against Genoa (6-0). An outbreak of the coronavirus was detected in the opponent. More than twenty infections have now been detected at Genoa. Several people from the club also tested positive at Napoli.
After a quarantine period of two weeks, Mertens and co are allowed to move freely again. The chance that he will still travel to Iceland for the game in the Nations League is not that high in the team management of Belgium.
In addition to Mertens, national coach Martinez in London cannot rely on Thibaut Courtois, Hendrik Van Crombrugge, Nacer Chadli, Thomas Vermaelen and the brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard. Jan Vertonghen seems ready to play again, despite a fracture in the cheekbone. Without the former Ajax player, the ‘Red Devils’ played a 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast on Thursday in an exhibition match.