Is Milan Borjan playing vs. Belgium? Latest injury updates, news on Canada’s World Cup goalkeeper

The goalkeeper position was not one of concern for Canada in the time leading up to the World Cup, but the team has had a bit of a scare with starter Milan Borjan ahead of their first World Cup contest against Belgium.

The long-time starter for Canada suffered an injury in the team’s friendly match against Japan last week. He finished the game, with Canada coming out on top 2-1, but did not participate in the team’s training sessions in the days ahead of their opener.

Borjan brings tons of experience to Canada’s World Cup roster and has been a consistent force in net for Les Rouges for the last decade. He is one of the oldest players on Canada’s squad at 35 years old, and is only younger than Steven Vitoria (35, older by 10 months) and Atiba Hutchinson (39).

Here is the latest news on Borjan’s status ahead of Canada’s match with Belgium.

MORE: Breaking down Canada’s World Cup 26-man roster

Is Milan Borjan playing vs. Belgium?

The goalkeeper, along with star midfielder Alphonso Davies and midfielder Stephen Eustaquio, are all expected to suit up, according to coach John Herdman.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Herdman said that keeping Borjan out was “just precautionary.”

“[We’re] getting ready in case. Next man up,” Borjan said. “We went through the [World Cup] qualifying campaign and it was like this. We just never seemed to be able to feel like we were able to get what people on paper would say is your top Canadian team. It’s just par for the course at the minute. We’ll see.”

While Borjan did not specifically mention Borjan on Tuesday, he did say that “everyone” is ready and healthy for Belgium.

“Canada (is) in a position now where we can field our strongest team,” Herdman said. “Everyone’s came through well…it’s exciting times. The dark clouds have shifted.”

What is Milan Borjan’s injury?

During Canada’s last match, a friendly against Japan on Nov. 17, Borjan said that he “felt something in his abdomen.” I have played the entirety of the game.

The news came somewhat of a surprise, as it was not revealed until Canada got to Qatar and Borjan was not participating in Canada’s training sessions.

Who is Canada’s backup keeper for the World Cup?

Canada GK depth chart

1. Milan Borjan

Borjan has been a staple on Canada’s national team for the last decade. He joined the program in 2010 and was promoted to the senior team in February 2011. Since the end of 2012, Borjan has been Canada’s starting goalkeeper. The only way Borjan isn’t in net for Canada is if an injury puts him on the sidelines.

2. Dayne St. Clair

St. Clair was expected to serve as the third goalkeeper for Herdman’s squad, but an injury to Maxime Crepeau in the MLS Cup Final kept him from being named to Canada’s World Cup roster and St. Clair got the bump up to play behind Borjan. If the veteran can’t go against Belgium, Herdman will turn to the 25-year-old who plays for Minnesota United in the MLS. St. Clair has appeared in two games for Les Rouges over the last two years.

3. James Pantemis

Pantemis received the call up to the World Cup roster once Crepeau went down with the injury. The 25-year-old plays for CF Montreal in the MLS. He has yet to play a game on the international senior stage for Canada.

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