De Bruyne the difference-maker vs Denmark
Belgium faced off with Denmark in their second Group B clash of Euro 2020 on Thursday.
On paper, Denmark looked Belgium’s toughest test from the group phase.
And, with the first 45 minutes played, that was certainly proving the case.
Yussuf Poulsen fired the Danes into the lead after two minutes, who went on to enjoy the better of the first 45.
However, Belgium were able to fight back in the second-half, following the introduction of Kevin De Bruyne from the bench.
Thursday’s marked KDB’s first game since his recent injury. The Manchester City midfielder suffered a nasty head collision with Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final at the end of last month. This forced him to undergo some minor surgery, after De Bruyne suffered an acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture.
The midfielder’s recent injury woes did not, however, stop him from putting on a starring display in Copenhagen, which included a goal and assist as the Red Devils came back from 1-0 down to earn a 2-1 win.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 17, 2021
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 17, 2021
Kevin De Bruyne speaks out on injury
Following the game, De Bruyne has spoken about his recent injury.
The 29-year-old revealed that he has suffered a nerve problem, which could take six months to heal.
Luckily for the player, Manchester City and Belgium, though, he remains able to play, despite feelings of discomfort:
“I don’t feel anything on the left side, like after a visit to the dentist.
“My nerve is very badly affected, which could take six months. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but the most important thing is that I can play.
“The last two months have been up and down for me with minor injuries. After that fracture in the nose and eye socket, it was a bit of a wait.
“But luckily I came back in the fastest way. There was very good intensity for half an hour, [against Denmark] then I felt it. But I’m glad I was able to play.”
Quotes via ESPN.
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— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) June 18, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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