Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has disclosed that Kevin De Bruyne may play no part in his team’s Euro 2020 opener against Russia on June 12.
The midfielder suffered facial fractures after a challenge with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the UEFA Champions League final last Saturday.
De Bruyne does not require any surgery but Martinez remains uncertain about when the 29-year-old will be available for selection.
However, he confirmed that the midfielder will return with a fitted face mask similar to the one worn by teammate Jan Vertonghen after he sustained a similar injury whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur two years ago.
He made this known on Wednesday: “De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready,”
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Belgium will open their Euro 2020 campaign against Russia in St Petersburg next Saturday.
They’ll then proceed to face Denmark on June 17 before playing Finland in the final group match on June 21. They are one of the major favorites for the trophy and we can’t wait to see how the competition pans out.