Prior to the World Cup, Steven Defour decided to call an end to his Belgium career, knowing full well he wouldn’t make Roberto Martinez’s side since he was injured.
The Burnley midfielder was expecting to be back for the season opener after undergoing surgery on his knee in February, but he still hasn’t featured for Sean Dyche’s side, even if he is close to a return.
Speaking to DH, the 30-year-old wanted to clear the air on many things, including his aforementioned fitness issues.
He said: “There’s been a few problems. My calf has been the issue. At first, we didn’t know where this was coming from, but the doctors have now made the right diagnostic, and I’m on my way back.
“I’m training from time to time with the first-team, and I hope to get some game time with the reserves. I hope to be back in a few weeks.”
Gazet Van Antwerpen reckoned he might be back for the game against Burton later this month, but Defour himself wasn’t ready to make that kind of prediction.
As for his international retirement, he’s sure he made the right choice, and doesn’t regret it.
He continued: “It was a rational decision. I wanted to focus on my club career to extend it. Of course I watched Belgium’s games, and I enjoyed their success without being jealous.
“What made me feel a bit sick was having to pull out because of injuries. A second World Cup would have allowed me to leave through the front door, especially since I had a good chance of making the squad”.
Since signing for Burnley, Defour has featured 49 times, scored three goals and provided his teammates with five assists.