Belgium coach Marc Wilmots hopes to overcome defensive injuries

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots believes his side can cope with their injury problems in defence after Nicolas Lombaerts and Dedryck Boyata became the latest players to be ruled out for Euro 2016.

Wilmots is already without captain Vincent Kompany for next month's tournament and lost Club Brugge defender Bjorn Engels shortly after announcing his provisional squad.

On Monday it was confirmed that Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Lombaerts and Celtic player Boyata will fail to recover. Belgium's first game is against Italy on June 13.

Having called up Montreal's Laurent Ciman when Engels dropped out, Wilmots added uncapped Genk stopper Christian Kabasele to his squad on Monday.

"I'm not here to complain -- I'm here to find solutions," Wilmots told reporters. "Even with all these injuries, we have a defence that can hold up.

"If you can count on Toby Alderweireld, Jason Deneyer, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen, it's not bad all the same.

"Apart from that, I still have other options with Laurent Ciman, Thomas Meunier, Christian Kabasele and Jordan Lukaku."

Club Brugge right-back Meunier and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele have been advised to rest thigh and calf problems for a week but there was better news for Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco.

Carrasco, 22, scored Atletico's equaliser in the Champions League final against Real Madrid but then hurt his ankle before his side lost on penalties.

Wilmots said a scan had shown no serious problems and while the former Monaco player might miss Wednesday's warmup game against Finland, he should be available for Belgium's final friendly against Norway on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Alderweireld said he was able to play at the heart of the defence -- his position at club level -- if Wilmots has to move him from right-back.

"Psychologically, I prepared myself for that spot [centre-back], but the coach can quickly make the switch elsewhere if he needs me. Right-back is just my position with the national team," Alderweireld said.

"We have a good team, but the beginning is very important. First, survive the group stage, then we'll see. Maybe we should sometimes even play a little more open rather than monopolising the ball."

Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 on Sunday in their first warmup game, goals in each half from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne securing a come-from-behind win.