Thomas Vermaelen suffers fresh injury

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Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered another injury and will be out of action for several weeks after straining an adductor muscle on international duty.

The 32-year-old would miss Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands in Brussels, Belgian FA officials said in a media advisory on Monday.

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Vermaelen was taken off after 73 minutes of Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.

The Barcelona defender has been hit by a succession of injuries since signing for Barcelona in 2014.