De Bruyne was injured in the Champions League final
One of the favorites Belgium has to plan for the start of the European Football Championship without its star Kevin De Bruyne. The 29-year-old midfielder from Manchester City did not travel with the team to St. Petersburg, where the “Red Devils” will start the tournament on Saturday (9:00 pm / live ORF 1) against host Russia. De Bruyne sustained facial injuries in the Champions League final two weeks ago and had an operation afterwards. The convalescent Axel Witsel is not there either.
According to media reports, De Bruyne is said to have hinted at his future entry into the tournament on Thursday when he met King Philippe. “Will I be able to play? Hopefully the second game against Denmark,” De Bruyne was quoted as saying. Belgium will meet Denmark next Thursday (6 p.m.).
Specifically, the key player in the Champions League final against Chelsea (0: 1) suffered a broken nose and a fracture of the floor of the eye socket. Witsel is missing because he has no match practice after his Achilles tendon rupture at the beginning of January.