Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium to use Mask in Euro 2020

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Belgian attacking midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne might play in the forthcoming European Championship in a mask according to the head coach of the Belgium national team, Roberto Martinez.

The football coach said the mask that the Manchester City attacking midfielder might use in the competition which will commence on June 11, will be made by the same company that made the mask that his international teammate, Jan Vertonghen used when he was injured while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2019.

Hence, the coach said Kevin De Bruyne would not have to undergo surgery on his face ahead of the European Championship which is just 8 days away.

Recall that the 29-year-old Belgian and Manchester City captain got a fractured face when he and Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger collided during the UEFA Champions League final on May 29.

Kevin De Bruyne being checked on after his collision with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.
Kevin De Bruyne being checked on after his collision with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

After minutes of being treated on the pitch, Kevin De Bruyne had to be helped out of the pitch with over 30 minutes remaining in the Champions League game. Without him on the pitch, it became easier for Chelsea to win the prestigious continental title 1-0.

Despite the injury, coach Roberto Martinez could not afford to drop him from the 26-man squad that will battle for Belgium in the rescheduled Euro 2020.

While announcing that Kevin De Bruyne might play in the European Championship in a mask, the coach revealed that the attacking midfielder might not play against Russia on June 12, which is the country’s first game in the competition.

He went on to reveal that he was not sure when the attacking midfielder would be fit enough to fully participate in the competition which will end on July 11.

“De Bruyne is unlikely to be fit for that first match so whoever replaces him will have to show he’s ready,” Martinez said.

“We decided on It will be one of the producers who made Jan Vertonghen’s mask. We were very satisfied with that.

“I would say that until next week we won’t know exactly where we are with Kevin. Now, allow him to relax.

“He could be available for the Euros but we don’t know when at the moment. It’s too early to give you an answer now, we must first get the green light from the medical side.”

Meanwhile, Inter Milan have announced the appointment of Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi as the new coach of the club.

Inzaghi will replace Antonio Conte who decided to walk away from the club after helping the club to win the 2020-2021 La Liga title.

The coach signed a two-year deal with the Italian giants which means that the outgoing Lazio’s coach will remain at Inter Milan until the end of the 2022-2023 season.