Kevin De Bruyne: Belgium ‘not counting’ on Man City star to play Euros opener after surgery

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Kevin De Bruyne: Belgium ‘not counting’ on Man City star to play Euros opener after surgery
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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is not expected to be fit for Belgium’s opening game of Euro 2020.

Roberto Martinez’s side are due to kick off their campaign against Russia on Saturday, before further group matches against Denmark and Finland.

De Bruyne, however, is expected to miss the match with Russia after he fractured his left eye socket during the Champions League final last month.

The Man City midfielder has since undergone surgery and he will be fit to play at Euro 2020, even if he misses the first match.

Asked how well De Bruyne has recovered, Martinez replied: “Very well. I think the medical intervention went extremely well.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s still a very fresh one so it’ll take a few days, but the initial reaction has been really positive and he seems ready. It’s looking more forwards than backwards at this point.

“He’s joined the medical department for the next few days and then, whenever we get the green light, he’s going to be integrated into the sporting side.

“I would say at the moment I’m not counting on Kevin to be in the first game but if that changes it will be because he adapts well to his own programme. But we’re not going to push any sort of timeline into Kevin’s recovery.

“[He] is here, is mentally really enthusiastic and excited, and we need to take every 24 hours in real focus.”

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