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Belgium confirm De Bruyne surgery and give update on Euro 2020 fitness

Kevin De Bruyne has successfully undergone a ‘small operation’ on the facial injury he suffered in Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat.

De Bruyne is now with the Belgium national team ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign, and Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez says the decision was taken to operate before the tournament to increase his chances of playing.

Martinez confirmed the decision was taken to approve the 20-minute treatment on De Bruyne’s acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture with agreement from City.

The operation, Martinez says, should increase De Bruyne’s chances of playing in Euro 2020, and he may not even require a mask. However, he still remains unlikely to play Belgium’s opening group game against Russia next Saturday.

Martinez said: “After looking at the images [scans], it was decided that Kevin De Bruyne had to undergo a small operation.

“It took place this morning and went well. He will join the group on Monday and will be with us for the Euro. It was necessary to intervene for the long term. It is not an intervention which requires a long recovery, it was just to make sure that nothing can happen in the future.

“It was not a deep operation, it took 20 minutes and the medical department is very happy with the success of the operation. It is a decision which was taken in agreement with Manchester City.

“He is fine. 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, it is even the opposite.

“It should even give him the opportunity not to need protection to play. And that’s good news. It was done at the right time and this is positive news for the Euro. He will probably not be ready for the game against Russia and we will analyse the situation day by day.”