EURO 2020: Kevin De Bruyne set to miss Euro opener for Belgium

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will struggle to feature in their first game against Russia on 12th June.

Kevin De Bruyne in doubt for Belgium's first Euro match
Kevin De Bruyne in doubt for Belgium's first Euro match

Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to feature in Belgium’s first game of the Euros said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. The Manchester City star midfielder suffered an untimely injury in the Champions League final against Chelsea which put his participation in the EUROs in complete jeopardy.

De Bruyne suffered facial injuries during the match but has avoided the need for surgery which has reduced his recovery time considerably and placed him in contention for a chance of playing the Euros.

Kevin De Bruyne will be seen wearing a mask whenever he returns for Belgium

De Bruyne and Roberto Martinez
De Bruyne and Roberto Martinez

Belgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that their first game against Russia on 12th June might come too soon for the injured midfielder but he is expected to get fit for their upcoming matches in the tournament.

Even when, De Bruyne returns he would play with a mask on as a protective gear for his nose and facial injuries as confirmed by Roberto Martinez.

Belgium boss Martinez has told reporters when quizzed on the Manchester City star, “De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready.

Pep Guardiola consoles De Bruyne as he walked off injured in the Champions League final
Pep Guardiola consoles De Bruyne as he walked off injured in the Champions League final

“We made a decision about his mask. It will be one of the producers who made Jan Vertonghen’s mask. We were very satisfied with that. I would say that until next week we won’t know exactly where we are with Kevin. Now, allow him to relax.

The Belgium coach made it absolutely clear that they would wait for De Bruyne’s medical team to give him the necessary permissions to be playing for the national team in the European Championships.

“He could be available for the Euros but we don’t know when at the moment. It’s too early to give you an answer now, we must first get the green light from the medical side.”

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