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Euro 2020: Kevin De Bruyne hands Belgium huge injury boost

Kevin De Bruyne (centre)suffered two facial fractures in Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea MICHAEL STEELE POOL-AFP

Belgium have received a huge boost for Euro 2020 with the news that Kevin De Bruyne does not require surgery after fracturing his nose and eye socket

De Bruyne, 29, sustained the injuries in a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger while playing for Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.

De Bruyne had to be replaced in the 60th minute of the match, which Chelsea won 1-0, and the midfielder was taken to hospital.

However, on Monday Roberto Martinez told a news conference from Belgium’s training camp that De Bruyne’s prognosis was encouraging and that the playmaker will link up with the squad after a few days’ rest.

Martinez said he was not sure if De Bruyne would be ready for the team’s first match of Euro 2020, against Russia on June 12.

The Belgian FA is expecting De Bruyne to be with the squad by next Monday, but only after taking tests to check his injuries.

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