Belgium is sweating on the fitness of captain Eden Hazard and playmaker Kevin De Bruyne ahead of its European Championship quarterfinal against Italy in Munich on Friday, according to coach Roberto Martinez.
De Bruyne went off in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Portugal in the last 16 in Seville, asking to be replaced three minutes into the second half due to an ankle injury, while Hazard pulled up three minutes from time in a double blow to the top-ranked Belgians.
De Bruyne has ligament bruising and Hazard suffered a hamstring twinge, Martinez told a news conference, putting their chances of playing at 50-50.
“The initial information that we have from medical staff is positive for both, they will remain with the squad and they have no structural damage,” said Martinez.
“But we are running up against time and it is very difficult to see them fully…