Kevin De Bruyne is ready to play in Belgium’s European Championship opener against Denmark on Thursday, according to coach Roberto Martinez. In June’s Champions League final, De Bruyne suffered a double facial fracture, which caused him to miss Belgium’s preparation for Euro 2020 as well as Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Russia in Group B.
Martinez said on Wednesday that the fighter is medically fit for a match.
As long as Kevin can play for a meaningful amount of time and we are able to use the two games he still has in five days to get him ready, we will be able to have him fully fit. He has made great progress and I am very happy with the progress he has made.
Eden Hazard had already played in a friendly against Croatia and the Russian match, so he is in a different situation than Axel Witsel.
Every player on the team should be fit enough to play 90 minutes in the two upcoming games, Martinez added.
On Monday, Belgium will play Finland in St Petersburg in its final group game.
The 29-year-old Manchester City player broke his nose and an eye socket following a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during their loss to Chelsea on May 29. A week after the surgery, he recovered at home and joined the Belgian squad the following week.
In January, Witsel, 32, tore his Achilles tendon while playing for Borussia Dortmund.
Martinez said Witsel’s disciplined rehabilitation has allowed him to return to the field ahead of schedule after he underwent surgery and was told it would be nine months before he could play again.
In a 20-minute cameo against Russia, Hazard, 30, showed examples of his old brilliance after an injury-plagued season with Real Madrid.