Belgium boosted by De Bruyne’s surgical decision after watching Man City star suffer broken nose and eyes
Roberto Martinez has revealed the midfielder will not require surgery on injuries sustained in Champions League final
Belgium were spurred on by the news Kevin De Bruyne will not need surgery on the broken nose and eye sockets he suffered during a Champions League outing for Manchester City.
The 29-year-old midfielder lasted an hour of a European centerpiece before being sent off the pitch following a collision with Antonio Rudiger.
Fears were immediately expressed about De Bruyne’s involvement in this summer’s European Championship, but Roberto Martinez says no surgery will be necessary and that a talismanic presence will join his ranks “in the near future”.
What was said?
The Belgium boss told reporters when delivering an update on De Bruyne: “This will be a period that we have to watch and we have to do a lot of additional testing to see where his condition is. be very careful.
“When I spoke with Kevin he looks pretty positive and feels good. We were lucky in all the sad news when we saw the incident that even though Kevin has a double fracture he does not need surgery.
“Needing surgery would make it very difficult for Kevin to be part of the European Championships.
“I think I feel the opposite now because of the way he reacted and the way the treatment is, we are confident that we will have a clear picture over the next seven days. This is how we will take it.
“We wish Kevin a speedy recovery for his own health perspective, but I have no doubts that he will be able to join us in the near future.”
When does Belgium need De Bruyne to be ready?
The Red Devils are due to open their Euro 2020 campaign against Russia on June 12.
They will then face Denmark and Finland in their final Group B matches.
Martinez’s men have two friendlies to go before the competition begins, with home dates against Greece and Croatia fast approaching.
De Bruyne is unlikely to figure in either of these contests, having been caught by a shoulder barge from Rudiger, but his dreams of playing in another major international tournament remain intact.