Kevin De Bruyne had to resolve to go through the surgery box. Belgium’s attacking midfielder underwent surgery on Saturday morning, as coach Roberto Martinez reported on the eve of the friendly against Croatia. “We decided that Kevin De Bruyne finally needed a little intervention, which took place today. He will join the team on Monday“, said the Spanish coach.
The Manchester City playmaker is suffering from broken nose and left eye socket after a clash with Germany’s Rüdiger in the Champions League final a week ago against Chelsea. “It was necessary for the long term. Based on the first images, we didn’t think it would be necessary. It lasted twenty minutes; everything went well“, added Martinez, specifying that De Bruyne would be unavailable for the first match of the Euro, on June 12 against Russia.
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This intervention “don’t delay Kevin’s return. It might even speed him up because he won’t need a mask“, said the coach again, refusing, however, any prognosis concerning a date of return to the field of the Flemish playmaker. The Red Devils, 3rd in the last World Cup, face Croatia on Sunday evening in Brussels (2nd in the same Cup of world), in a preparatory match for the Euro (June 11 – July 11).
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In addition to the packages already recorded for this match between De Bruyne and Axel Witsel (still too short after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon last January), Eden Hazard will also ignore the start match and will take place on the bench. He should come into play during the game, according to Martinez. “Eden can do almost anything in training. He had a good session yesterday (Friday) and I feel he is ‘fit’ for tomorrow. He won’t start the match, but I think he will finish it“, explained the Spaniard.
Belgium, one of the favorites for the title, will play their first Euro match in ten days, on June 12 against Russia in St. Petersburg. Denmark and Finland are the two other opponents of the Belgians in Group B.
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