PFA holder Kevin de Bruyne will miss Belgium’s first European Championship match in opposition to Russia on Saturday, the Belgian crew confirmed on Friday.
De Bruyne fractured his eye socket and nostril within the Champions League remaining and had minor surgical procedure final week, solely becoming a member of up along with his Belgian teammates on Monday.
Midfielder Axel Witsel can also be recovering from an Achilles tendon harm.
“Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne did not travel to Russia. They stayed in (the Belgian training camp) Tubize to continue their recovery,” the Belgian Red Devils Twitter account stated.
Earlier, Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez was not sure of the Manchester City playmaker participation however it’s confirmed now that he would miss the opener and will return in subsequent video games.
His function could possibly be stuffed with Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), and Dennis Praet (Leicester City) — undoubtedly not De Bruyne’s equal however would placed on a superb efficiency for his or her nation.