The Belgian sustained a double fracture on his face in the Champions League final and experts have said that he doesn't require a surgery and is likely play in the Euro 2020.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will not require surgery after sustaining fractures on his nose and eye socket, while playing for Manchester City in the Champions League final. The incident happened in the 60th minute of the match on Saturday after a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. The Belgian was immediately taken off. Even though he is likely to join the national squad for the European Championship starting on June 11 his availability for the first match is doubtful.
The 29-year-old, who is considered as one the best play makers of the present generation, scored 12 goals and registered 20 assists for club and country in all competitions this season.
Martinez told a news conference from Belgium’s training camp that the midfielder’s prognosis was encouraging and he is likely to join the squad after a few days’ rest.
“It is going to be a period that we need to monitor and we need to take a lot of extra tests to see where his condition is. We are going to be very cautious.
“When I spoke with Kevin he looks quite positive and feels well. We have been fortunate within all the sad news when we saw the incident that even though Kevin has a double fracture, he doesn’t need surgery.
“Needing surgery would make it very difficult for Kevin to be a part of the European Championships.”
“I think I am feeling the opposite now because of the way that he has reacted, and the way that the treatment is, we are feeling confident that we will get a clear picture over the next seven days. That is the way we are going to take it.
“We wish Kevin a speedy recovery for his own health point of view but I feel positive that he will be able to join us in the near future.”
The Belgium FA is expecting De Bruyne to be with the squad by next Monday, but only after taking tests to check his injuries are healing OK.
Belgium are in Group B for the European Championship along with Denmark, Finland and Russia. They will start their campaign against Russia on June 12 at the Krestovsky stadium in Russia. The Red Devils will then face Denmark and Finland.
Before the start of Euro 2020, they will host Greece and Croatia for friendly matches on June 4 and 7 respectively. De Bruyne is unlikely to take part in it.