Belgium right back Meunier out with broken cheekbone

Oct 19, 2022, 8:19 PM | Updated: Oct 20, 2022, 8:21 am
Belgium's Thomas Meunier tarries to control the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match be...

Belgium's Thomas Meunier tarries to control the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between the Netherlands and Belgium at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

              Cologne's Jonas Hector and Dortmund's Thomas Meunier, right, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1.FC Cologne and Borussia Dortmund in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Belgium's Thomas Meunier tarries to control the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between the Netherlands and Belgium at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Belgium right back Thomas Meunier will be out for several weeks after surgery on a broken cheekbone but is hopeful of returning in time to play at the World Cup, Borussia Dortmund said Thursday.

The 31-year-old Meunier was injured during Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Hannover 96 in the German Cup on Wednesday.

Dortmund said he has already undergone a successful operation but won’t return to action for the team before the Bundesliga breaks for the World Cup in mid-November. It added that Meunier “is, however, full of hope that he can take part in the World Cup together with Belgium at the end of the year.”

Belgium will play Canada in its first match of the World Cup on Nov. 23. Morocco and Croatia are also in the same group.

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