Kevin De Bruyne attends MISS Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener against Russia and faces playing the tournament wearing a protective mask after his nose and eye socket are broken in Manchester City’s Champions League final
Kevin De Bruyne will miss Belgium’s opening match against Russia in Euro 2020 even if he wears a protective mask, coach Roberto Martinez admitted on Wednesday.
De Bruyne is racing to be fit for the tournament after breaking his nose and left eye socket during Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
Martinez does not know when De Bruyne will be available but confirmed he will be fitted with a mask similar to that worn by team-mate Jan Vertonghen after being injured playing for Tottenham against Ajax two years ago.
Kevin De Bruyne threatens to miss the start of Euro 2020 with his broken nose and eye socket
De Bruyne was injured in a challenge in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea
The Belgian boss has more problems with Eden Hazard who has been excluded from Thursday’s warm-up match against Greece in Brussels and will play just 45 minutes of Sunday’s friendly against Croatia.
“It is unlikely that De Bruyne will be fit for that first game, so whoever replaces him will have to show that he is ready,” Martinez said.
“We’ve decided on his mask. It will be one of the producers who made Jan Vertonghen’s mask. We were very satisfied with that.
“I’d say we won’t know exactly where we are with Kevin until next week. Now let him relax.
“He could be available for the European Championship, but we don’t know when at the moment. It’s too early to give you an answer now, we need to get the green light from the medical side first.’
Roberto Martinez revealed that his star man will wear a mask when he returns
Martinez downplayed reports that some players have refused to receive Covid vaccinations over concerns the side effects could hurt their chances of winning the tournament.
Belgium, which is in Group B with Russia, Denmark and Finland, is the number 1 team in the world.
“Everyone will be vaccinated between now and the end of the tournament,” Martinez added.
“Some have already been vaccinated. Some are vaccinated later because they had the virus and have antibodies, or because they had already been vaccinated.’