This was confirmed by the Belgian national team’s official Twitter account, who did note that there is still a tiny chance he could be recalled by 5 pm Sunday night:
⚽️ @LaurentCiman23 left the group this morning. Laurent returned to and will now remain one of our stand-by players, until Sunday evening 5pm. R. Martínez thanks him for his professionalism and contribution to the team during our #WorldCup preparation. #REDTOGETHER— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 16, 2018
When Ciman was put on standby, it was thought the defender had a decent shot of getting on the final 23-man roster anyway, with Vincent Kompany dealing with injury. But it appears Ciman will come up just short of reaching a second World Cup, unless there’s a late change in the next 36 hours or so.
So, assuming he won’t be drafted in at the last minute, what does this mean for Ciman’s club team, Los Angeles Football Club? It means he’ll be back in California soon. Worth noting that on LAFC’s website, it was unclear if Ciman would be back and available in time for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup game against Sacramento Republic FC. But if he isn’t back and available for that game, he’ll likely be back for next Saturday’s game against Columbus Crew SC, which is good news for LAFC.
In the end, it’s a bummer for Ciman, but the silver lining is that it could be to LAFC’s benefit. Certainly, the captain will be welcomed back with open arms.
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