Kevin De Bruyne Had Minor Surgery On His Facial Injury

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Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne underwent a minor facial surgery ahead of the forthcoming European Championship (Euro 2020).

The 29-year-old Belgium international sustained the facial injury after he collided with Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger during the final of the UEFA Champions League played on May 29.

The collision which earned Rudiger a yellow card during the Champions League final forced Kevin de Bruyne to be substituted towards the 59th-minute mark.

At the end of 97 minutes, Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy for the second time in the history of the club.

Kevin de Bruyne being helped out of the pitch after his collision with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.
Kevin de Bruyne being helped out of the pitch after his collision with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

Despite the facial injury, Belgium did not drop Kevin de Bruyne from the national team ahead of the European Championship. Earlier, Futballnews reported that the head coach of the Belgium national team, Roberto Martinez said the Manchester City captain would play in the in a mask.

While giving an update on the situation of the attacking midfielder who has scored 21 goals and provided 38 assists in 80 games for Belgium, the coach of the side said Kevin de Bruyne had a minor surgery which lasted for 20 minutes.

The coach disclosed that the Manchester City talisman would join the Belgian squad on Monday, June 7, 2021, which means that De Bruyne would be in the camp of the team, four days to the commencement of the European Championship.

Coach Roberto Martinez said: “The operation only took 20 minutes. It went very well, very positively…

“That small intervention was necessary with a view to the long term. He will not need a long recovery.

“The medical staff are satisfied with the result. We are looking forward to Monday when he will join our squad.”

Meanwhile, the head coach of the England national team, Gareth Southgate has insisted that his team would continue to take a knee in solidarity with the fight against racism.

England forward Marcus Rashford takes a knee.
England forward Marcus Rashford takes a knee.

Recall that the team was booed when they took a knee before the kick-off of a friendly game against Austria at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The team will play their last friendly game ahead of the European Championship on Sunday, June 6 which will be against Romania at the same venue.

Ahead of the friendly game, Southgate insisted that his players would not stop to take a knee despite the boos they got for doing so on Wednesday.

“We feel more determined than ever to take the knee”, he said.

“Those people should put themselves in the shoes of the young players. How would they feel if their kids were in that situation? We feel more than ever determined to take the knee during the tournament.

“We accept there might be an adverse reaction, and we’re just going to ignore that and move forward.”