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Kevin De Bruyne ruled out of Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener

Kevin De Bruyne ruled out of Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener

De Bruyne out of the opening game

Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener against Russia, after failing to recover from a facial injury.

De Bruyne was forced to leave the field during Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat in the Champions League final, following a heavy collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Although Belgium boss Roberto Martinez revealed that the surgical procedure to rectify the issue lasted just 20 minutes, the injury remains serious enough to keep De Bruyne out of the reckoning for the Red Devils’ opening Euro 2020 fixture.

Belgium still expected to progress

Drawn in a group alongside Russia, Finland and Denmark, Belgium will be expected to waltz through their opening fixtures, as they eye an improvement on their third-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup.

De Bruyne proved instrumental for Manchester City this season, providing six goals and twelve assists in his 25 Premier League appearances.

This form was enough to earn him the PFA Player of the Season award for the second consecutive year, with the midfielder aiming to carry such exploits into this summer’s tournament.

How quickly he will recover to top form remains to be seen, but who could Belgium turn to in the meantime?

Well, Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Leander Dendoncker played in a midfield pair with Youri Tielemans in Belgium’s 1-0 win over Croatia four days ago, with Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens taking the attacking midfield spots.

With Eden and Thorgan Hazard on the bench, along with the highly-rated Jeremy Doku, Belgium still have a plethora of options to call upon in the attacking third.

None are quite of De Bruyne’s level, though, with Belgium hopeful that the midfielder will return ahead of the knockout stages.

Read more:

Karim Benzema injured for France ahead of Euro 2020

Why Kevin De Bruyne is missing for Manchester City vs Chelsea


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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