De Bruyne has successful eye surgery ahead of Euro 2020

Date published: Saturday 5th June 2021 3:55 - Jason Soutar

Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has undergone a small operation on his eye socket and will be fit to play for Belgium at Euro 2020.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has also suggested that De Bruyne will play without a face mask.

The Man City star left the pitch in tears following a nasty collision with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final. The clash left the Belgian with an orbital fracture to his left eye socket.


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Martinez was unhappy with Rudiger’s challenge, calling the defender “reckless” as he forced De Bruyne off with the facial injury.

Speaking after the game, the Belgian manager said: “For me, Rudiger is very, very fortunate. When you look at the replay, there’s no clash of heads.

“He’s properly leaving the shoulder against Kevin. He seems concussed and we will see the state of that.

“But that leaves a sour taste, because Rudiger’s holding his head, it’s almost that he wants to show that he’s hiding something.

“For me, it was excessive force and it was reckless. And it should have been a red card.

“Kevin is not a player that goes down for no reason. You can see the pain and it’s a swollen eye.”

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Belgium’s final pre-tournament friendly against Russia, Martinez discussed De Bruyne’s current situation.

“After looking at the images it was decided that Kevin had to undergo a small operation.

“The operation took place this morning and it went well. He will join the group on Monday and will be with us for the Euros.

“It was a necessary intervention to secure the structure of the eye socket in the long term.

“It is not an operation that requires a long recovery, it was just to make sure that there are no issues later down the line.

“Kevin is doing well. He’s in a good state of mind and can’t wait to join us on the pitch on Monday.

“It is not an operation that prevents you from returning to activity or needs recovery time, it is actually the opposite. It should even give him the opportunity to play without the need for protection.

“He probably will not be ready for the first game against Russia and we will need to analyse the situation on a day-by-day basis.”

Belgium kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Russia next Saturday before taking on Denmark and Finland.

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