Injury took World Cup away from Onyekuru, not Anderlecht

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Anderlecht claimed that the injury sustained by Henry Onyekuru limited his chances of participating at the 2018 World Cup.

The Everton forward, 20, sustained a knee injury in December, and against expectations, returned earlier, but failed to get playing time under Hein Vanhaezebrouck.

The forward had accused the Purple and White of shattering his hope of featuring in the quadrennial tournament and vowed to play elsewhere next season, despite the club having an agreement with the English side for an option to keep him for another season.

However, the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium outfit have debunked claims made by the former Eupen player.

“Henry is a great player and his injury in December weakened the squad and reduced his chances to participate in the World Cup with his country,” a club spokesman told Echo.

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“RSC Anderlecht, nor the technical staff never made any promise to Henry concerning his selection.

“RSCA is a professional club and it wouldn’t be very professional to make promises to players.

“The coach selects the best and fittest players for the games.”