Euro 2020: Belgium To Miss Star Player, Defender For Crucial Opener Against Russia

Euro 2020: Belgium To Miss Star Player, Defender For Crucial Opener Against Russia

Akan Anwankwo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • Kevin De Bruyne will not be risked by Roberto Martinez in Belgium's first Euro 2020 game against Russia
  • The 29-year-old had a nose and eye socket injury during Man City's loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final
  • Axel Witsel will also be missing in the squad as the midfielder is also recovery from a foot injury

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Kelvin De Bruyne will miss the Belgium's first game at Euro 2020 against Russia as he is yet to recovery fully from his eye injury, Times, Goal.

The Manchester City midfielder sustained an eye socket injury in the Champions league final last month when he clashed with Antonio Rudiger.

The 29-year-old had to undergo a minor surgery and Belgian team have confirmed that the midfielder will not be risked for the opener against Russia.

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De Bruyne had a fine season with City as helped them win the Premier League and was named the English topflight division's best player for the second consecutive time.

On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund's Axel Witsel will also not be available for the encounter as he is also recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.

The Belgian team announced from their camp:

"Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne did not travel to Russia. They stayed in (the Belgian training camp) Tubize to continue their recovery."
Euro 2020: Belgium To Miss Star Player, Defender For Crucial Opener Against Russia
Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel are not going to play Belgium's Euro 2020 game against Russia. Photo by Jimmy Bolcina and Frank Abbeloos
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Finland and Denmark are the two other team in Belgium's group and it is expected that the Red Devils will qualify into the next stage of the competition.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Kevin de Bruyne has revealed that he feels okay after suffering a fractured nose and eye socket during Man City's Champions League final loss to Chelsea, The Sun.

The Belgian midfielder had a clash of heads with German defender Antonio Rudiger and could be ruled out of Euro 2020 which would commence in the next two weeks.

Rudiger stood in the way of De Bruyne as the midfielder went to ground clutching his face before City's medical team arrived.

Fans at the Estadio do Dragao were concerned when the 29-year-old did not get up immediately after the clash. also reported that Kevin De Bruyne has scooped the 2020-21 Premier League Player of the Year Award ahead Man City teammate Rueben Dias and Tottenham's Harry Kane, Sport Bible.

The Belgian midfield maestro also won the award during the 2019-20 season despite the Citizens finishing 18 points behind leaders Liverpool.

The 29-year-old scored six league goals as his fellow Premier League players voted him as the best for the second consecutive campaign.

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