After yesterday’s breaking football news about the Manchester City midfielder, now, Kevin De Bruyne will miss Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener.
The talented 29-year-old suffered facial injuries when turning out for his club in the Champions League final on May 29.
The talented midfielder suffered facial injuries during a Champions League final outing, and we just reported his status optimistically yesterday.
However, though he’s listed on the Belgium roster, he’s not yet ready to feature for his country in the Euros.
He has avoided the need for surgery, in a welcome boost for his national side.
Nonetheless, a meeting with Russia on June 12 will be too soon for the midfielder who has facial fractures.
De Bruyne is working with the company that produced a protective covering for former Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen in 2019.
Kevin De Bruyne Will Miss Belgium’s Euro 2020 Opener
Belgium boss Martinez has told reporters of De Bruyne’s initial absence while updating them on key parts of his plans.
“De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready,” his Belgium coach said.
He also confirmed that the Manchester City midfielder will have to wear a mask when returning to action:
“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,” Martinez added.
“Now, allow him to relax,” he said. “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.”