Thomas Vermaelen suffered his first league defeat of the season with Vissel Kobe on Saturday. With the defender in between the lines, the Kobe team lost 0-1 to Nagoya on the fourth matchday of the J1 League.
Sho Inagaki (19.) scored the winning goal for Nagoya in the first half. The Vermaelen club, which started the season with two victories and a draw, is in fifth place after the loss with seven points.
The Red Devils play their first qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup against Wales on March 24. This is followed by the qualifying matches against the Czech Republic (27/03) and Belarus (30/03). However, it is highly unclear whether Vermaelen may travel to Belgium for the triptych.
Last autumn, he missed the international periods because he was denied permission from the Japanese government to come to our country against the background of the corona pandemic.