Following a dreadful clash with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss Belgium’s Euro 2020 opening game against Russia.
Kevin De Bruyne will not be able to play in Belgium’s opening match at Euro 2020, according to Roberto Martinez. On top of that, he will have to wear a mask when he resumes football.
It happened during the Champions League final on May 29, the 29-year-old prolific midfielder sustained injuries on his face. After a horrendous collision with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, the Belgian suffered fractures to his nose and eye socket.
Fortunately, De Bruyne did not require any surgeries and has been included in the roster for his national side. However, the June 12 clash against Russia seems too early for a comeback for him, and Martinez wants him to rest well.
In fact, the entire team is waiting for the protective mask from the same company that produced it for his teammate Jan Vertonghen in 2019. Once he is declared fit to play, he will be available in the coming weeks.
Belgium boss Martinez told the reporters: “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.”