Belgium's national football team physio, Lieven Maesschalck, has opened up a clinic in London, with so many of the country's players based in the Premier League.
The Sunday Mirror, via the People, quote the physio saying the decision made perfect sense:
I’ve got plenty of British patients as well.
I’ll spend the first few months building it up, then we’ll see how it goes.
I’ve had the ideafor some time.
I just wanted to wait until Belgium had made sure of reaching the World Cup finals.
A quick look at the Belgium squad proves that the majority of players in the national team are playing in the UK.
Based on a recent roster as recorded by Soccerway, half the squad are UK-based.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) and Kevin Mirallas (Everton) are all featured.
In addition Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) would be a certainty had he been fit at the time.
And in essence, that's the point—several key players such as Lukaku, Fellaini and Vermaelen are struggling with injuries at present, and with Belgium boasting one of their best squads in recent times, it's probably more effective for the national team physio to monitor them from these shores than to be based in Belgium.
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