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Huge defensive headache for Ireland's Euro 2016 rivals as they lose another two players

Already without Vincent Kompany, Belgium’s Nicolas Lombaerts will now miss the tournament – as will Dedryck Boyata.

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THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’s Euro 2016 rivals Belgium have been hit with another casualty as the tournament inches closer.

Defender Nicolas Lombaerts has been released from Marc Wilmot’s squad because of injury while Dedryck Boyata also misses out for the same reason.

Already without the services of Vincent Kompany, it represents a huge blow for the side who had been tipped to go far in the tournament.

Still, despite the setbacks, they still boasted the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen as part of the their rearguard as they came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at the weekend.

Genk’s Christian Kabasele, who is uncapped, has been called into the squad.

Belgium take on the Republic of Ireland on 18 June in Bordeaux.

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