Roberto Martinez has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne has undergone a small operation on the facial injury he picked up in the Champions League final and that he is likely to miss Belgium’s opening game of Euro 2020.
The Manchester City man was forced to withdraw from his side’s defeat to Chelsea recently after a nasty collision with Antonio Rudiger.
Following a quick on-field assessment by City’s medical staff it soon became abundantly clear De Bruyne was unable to carry on with the impact of the knock already resulting in a nasty black eye.
Thoughts immediately turned to whether the injury could rule the 29-year-old out of Euro 2020, though Martinez has provided a positive update in which he explained De Bruyne has undergone a small operation on his acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture.
“It took place this morning and went well. He will join the group on Monday and will be with us for the Euro. It was necessary to intervene for the long term. It is not an intervention which requires a long recovery, it was just to make sure that nothing can happen in the future.
“It was not a deep operation, it took 20 minutes and the medical department is very happy with the success of the operation. It is a decision which was taken in agreement with Manchester City.”
With the necessary steps taken to ensure De Bruyne’s long-term health, Martinez was asked how long a layoff the midfielder was facing and he conceded he’s likely to miss his country’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Russia next Saturday.
“He is fine, he’s in a good state of mind and can’t wait to join us on the pitch on Monday,” he added. “It is not an operation that prevents you from returning to activity, it is even the opposite.
“It should even give him the opportunity not to need protection to play. And that’s good news. It was done at the right time and this is positive news for the Euro. He will probably not be ready for the game against Russia and we will analyse the situation day by day.”