June 19, 2024

Thomas Kaminski has kept his place in the Belgium squad for their upcoming European Championships qualifiers.

He hasn’t played for Rovers since January 28, despite being back fit since early March, but has retained spot in the Red Devils squad for matches against Austria (June 17) and Estonia (June 20).

Aynsley Pears’ form at the back end of the season saw him remain between the sticks for Rovers, even upon Kaminski’s return to fitness.

With Pears having signed a new long-term contract since the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, it has raised the potential of Kaminski leaving Ewood Park this summer with his No.1 spot now under threat.

Director of football Gregg Broughton played down that likelihood, while Jon Dahl Tomasson has continued to stress he finds it healthy to have two goalkeepers challenging to start.

Kaminski had been undisputed No.1 since his arrival from KAA Gent in the summer of 2020 for a fee in the region of £450,000.

He has since clocked up 118 appearances, with his form enough to earn him a new contract, through to 2025, and also recognition at international level.

Kaminski is yet to make his senior debut for his country, but has regularly been in the squad throughout his three years at Rovers, including a late call-up to the Euro 2020 squad, and a place on standby for last winter’s World Cup.

He is one of four goalkeepers included in Domenico Tedesco’s squad, so faces a tough challenge to change that, as Belgium looking to back up the 3-2 win against Sweden in their opening qualifier in March.

Kaminski’s call-up will mean he will report back late for pre-season training, with the Rovers players due back at Brockhall on Tuesday, June 20.

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