Head Coach Roberto Martinez revealed that Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will likely miss the Euro 2020 opener against Russia on June 12. De Bruyne suffered facial fractures when he collided with Chelsea defender Anthony Rudiger in the Champions League Final. Fortunately, De Bruyne will not require surgery but no return date has been established. Roberto Martinez confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will wear a protective mask on his return. Jan Vertonghen had worn a similar mask a couple of years ago.
“De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready,” Martinez said. “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 added. “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.”
Kevin De Bruyne was replaced by Gabriel Jesus for Manchester City in the 60th minute. He left the field in tears and took to social media to provide an update. “Hi guys just got back from the hospital,” the Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne posted on Twitter. “My diagnosis is Acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture. I feel okay now. Still disappointed about yesterday obviously but we will be back.”