Belgium is not counting on Kevin De Bruyne being ready to play in its first European Championship group game against Russia in St Petersburg on Saturday, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.

The midfielder joined the rest of the Belgian squad on Monday at its base in Tubize but was sent straight for more medical tests after a double facial fracture suffered in the Champions League final.


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He had a small surgery on the injury last week but had always been planning to only join up with Belgium one week ahead of the Euro 2020 kick off in order to have a break after a long club season.

“He will only join up with us in training when the medical staff say so. But I’m not really counting on Kevin to be ready for the first game,” Martinez told a news conference.

But the coach said he was delighted to see De Bruyne…

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