Kevin de Bruyn suffered a broken nose after colliding with Antonio Rudiger in the UCL final.© AFP
Kevin De Bruyne underwent “a small operation” on his face on Saturday morning and will “reunite with the team on Monday,” Belgian coach Roberto Martinez said. “We decided that Kevin De Bruyne needed a little intervention today. They will reunite with the team on Monday,” the Spanish coach said at a press conference against a friendly against Croatia. The Manchester City manager suffered fractures to his nose and left eye socket a week ago after a clash with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final a week ago.
“It was necessary in the long run,” Martinez said. “It lasted 20 minutes. Everything went well.”
The operation “does not delay Kevin’s return. It may even speed up his return because they will not need a mask,” Martinez said, adding that De Bruyne will be in a position to play his first Euro 2020 match against Russia on June 12 and has refused. predict when the player would return to the field.
Although Axel Witsel has joined his team, despite recovering from an Achilles tendon fracture in January, he will miss the match against Croatia on Sunday in Brussels.
A third recovering midfielder, Eden Hazard, will start on the bench.
“Eden can do almost anything in training,” Martinez said. “I think tomorrow is right. He won’t start the game, but I think he will finish.”
Hazard, who lost a lot in the Real Madrid season, said when he joined the Belgian team on May 31 that he still had “some thigh problems”.
Russia, Belgium, after finishing in first place in the world, plays with Denmark and Finland in Group B.
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