Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has revealed the latest on Kevin De Bruyne’s injury ahead of the upcoming European Championship.
Roberto Martinez has announced that Kevin De Bruyne won’t need surgery but couldn’t guarantee the midfielder’s availability for Belgium’s opening game in this summer’s European Championship.
De Bruyne suffered a fractured nose and eye socket in Manchester City’s 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday following a collision with Blues defender Antonio Rudiger.
He came off on the hour-mark in Portugal and assured fans on social media on Sunday that he is feeling fine after a hospital visit.
Hi guys just got back from the hospital. My diagnosis is Acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture. I feel okay now. Still disappointed about yesterday obviously but we will be back
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) May 30, 2021
The fact De Bruyne won’t have surgery on his facial injuries is good news. As Martinez pointed out, it would’ve ruled him out of the European Championship. And the Belgium boss expects more updates in the coming week.
“I’ve spoken to Kevin, and he was quite positive,” said Martinez in a press conference as per BBC.
“We’ve got to be very cautious, but we will get more clarity in the next days. We don’t know if we can use him in the first game.
“I cannot give an answer because I don’t have any medical facts right now. We are still assessing the injury and over the next four to five days we expect clarity.
“We are very fortunate that even though he has a double fracture, he doesn’t need surgery.
“An operation would have made it impossible for him to play in the European Championship.”
Russia will be Belgium’s first opponent in Group B of the European Championship on June 12. The Red Devils then face Denmark on June 17 and Finland on June 21.