Soccer-Extra time wanted for readability on De Bruyne damage


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Kevin de Bruyne’s participation within the European Championship will solely turn out to be clearer within the subsequent 4 to 5 days, mentioned Belgium coach Roberto Martinez two days after his star participant suffered a double face fracture.

Martinez instructed a information convention on Monday it was too early to make sure whether or not the 29-year midfield talisman may play within the match, the place Belgium kick off their marketing campaign towards Russia on June 12.

De Bruyne fractured his nostril and a bone round his left eye socket in Saturday’s Champions League last enjoying for Manchester Metropolis of their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea.

“Kevin had a special programme to the remainder of the gamers, he was solely going to affix us seven days later as a result of he was enjoying within the Champions League last,” Martinez mentioned.

“However that programme has clearly been modified, he gained’t be capable to chill out and relaxation simply but.”

Martinez mentioned De Bruyne confronted a collection of hospital checks, returning first to Manchester earlier than becoming a member of up with the Belgian facet.

“We’ve acquired to be very cautious, and we are going to get extra readability within the subsequent days, however I’ve spoken to Kevin and he was fairly constructive,” the Spanish coach added.

“We’re very lucky that though he has a double fracture, he doesn’t want surgical procedure. An operation would have made it unimaginable for him to play within the European Championship.”

“We don’t know if we are able to use him within the first recreation. I can’t give a solution as a result of I don’t have any medical information proper now, we’re nonetheless assessing the damage and over the following 4 to 5 days we count on readability. Then we are going to know what the following steps for Kevin can be,” Martinez added.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape City; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)



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