Belgium coach Robert Martinez believes it is “unlikely” to see Kevin De Bruyne, a victim of broken faces, play the Red Devils’ first match at the Euro on June 12 against Russia.
Unless surprised, Kevin De Bruyne will miss the start of the Euro. Present at a press conference on Wednesday, the coach of Belgium, Roberto Martinez, said it was “improbable” to see the Manchester City midfielder, victim of two broken faces, play the first match of the Red Devils on June 12 against Russia. “Kevin may be available to play at the Euro, but we don’t know when,” Martinez insisted. De Bruyne suffers from fractures to his nose and left orbit following a collision with the German Antonio Rüdiger in the Champions League final lost last Saturday against Chelsea (1-0).
He shouldn’t have the operation
Currently at rest, he will not join his teammates until June 7 at the national center of Tubize. Before that, he will have tests to check that everything is fine with his eye and nose. “The news is good and everything should be back to normal,” Martinez said Monday, adding that the player should not undergo the operation. De Bruyne will therefore not be in the game on Thursday, in a friendly against Greece, no more than Eden Hazard, still spared following a thigh discomfort. Axel Witsel, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon since last January, will not play any of the friendlies, against Greece and Sunday against Croatia.
Belgium, one of the favorites for the title, will play their first Euro match in ten days, on June 12, against Russia in St. Petersburg. Denmark and Finland will be his two other opponents in Group B.