Belgium play their first match of the European Championships against Russia on June 12 and could be without their star man Kevin de Bruyne. The Manchester City midfielder is a serious doubt after a clash with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final in Porto.
The incident saw De Bruyne miss the final stages of the game, which his City side went on to lose.
De Bruyne sustained various facial fractures and his coach Roberto Martinez has said that he doesn’t think he’ll play in their opener.
“De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready,” Martinez said.
The Spanish coach doesn’t know exactly when he’ll have his star man back, but wants to be patient.
“I would say that until next week we won’t know exactly where we are with him,” 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.”
Fortunately, he doesn’t need surgery and will wear a mask, just as his teammate Jan Vertonghen did when he had a similar injury with Tottenham two years ago.
We made a decision about his mask,” the coach added.
“It will be one of the producers who made Jan Vertonghen‘s mask. We were very satisfied with that.”