De Bruyne “unlikely” to play in first Euro 2020 fixture after horror injury


De Bruyne “unlikely” to play in first Euro 2020 fixture, but when will he return?

Kevin De Bruyne is “unlikely” to recover from injury in time to take any part in Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener.

The Red Devils face Russia in the Gazprom Arena a week on Saturday, but will have to make do without their talisman according to manager Roberto Martinez.

The Manchester City midfielder limped off in the second half of his side’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday following a heavy collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

De Bruyne later took to social media to reveal the extent of his injuries, telling his followers that he had been left with a double fracture to his nose and eye socket.

While fans across social media have suggested that the Belgian could play in a facemask, it appears as if his national side are not willing to rush back such a key player.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s friendly against Greece, Martinez said:

“Kevin may be available to play at the Euro, but we don’t know when”

De Bruyne will certainly miss the friendly games against Greece and Croatia, since he is not due to join up with his compatriots until 7th June, where he will be assessed further.

He is joined on the sidelines by Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel, both of whom also face a race against time to be fit for the tournament.

Were Belgium to lose all three players, it would represent a massive blow to the number 1 ranked side in the world, and would thrust striker Romelu Lukaku even further into the spotlight.

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