Kevin de Bruyne suffered fractures to his nose after colliding with Antonio Rudiger all over the UCL last.© AFP
Kevin De Bruyne underwent “a small operation” on his face on Saturday morning and “will rejoin the team on Monday”, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. “We made up our minds that Kevin De Bruyne in the end needed a small intervention, which took place today. He’s going to rejoin the team on Monday,” the Spanish coach told a news convention ahead of a friendly against Croatia. The Manchester City playmaker suffered fractures to his nose and left eye socket after a collision with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League last a week ago.
“It was once essential for the longer term,” said Martinez. “It lasted 20 minutes. Everything went mannered.”
The surgery “does not delay Kevin’s return. It could even speed up his return because he would possibly not need a mask,” said Martinez, adding that De Bruyne would be unavailable for their first Euro 2020 match against Russia on 12 June and refused to foretell when the playmaker would return to the pitch.
Axel Witsel who has been included he squad despite the fact that he’s still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon in January, will also overlook the game against Croatia in Brussels on Sunday.
A third recovering midfielder, Eden Endanger, will start on the bench.
“Eden can do nearly everything in training,” said Martinez. “I feel he’s fit for day after today. He would possibly not start the game, but I think he’s going to finish it.”
Endanger, who missed much of Real Madrid’s season said when he joined the Belgium squad on May 31 that he still had “some thigh problems”.
After opening against Russia, Belgium, ranked number one on the planet , play Denmark and Finland in Group B.
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