De Bruyne injures ankle as Belgium advance to Euro 2020 | Benefits
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) – Kevin De Bruyne’s chances of replaying at this year’s European Championship are uncertain after sustaining an injury early in the second half of Belgium’s 1-0 win over Portugal on Sunday.
De Bruyne suffered an ankle injury after being tackled from behind by Portuguese midfielder João Palhinha. He immediately asked to be substituted, with Dries Mertens replacing him in the 48th minute.
Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard also had to leave with an apparent muscle problem. He was replaced by Yannick Carrasco in the 87th.
“It will probably take us 48 hours to find out the extent of the injuries,” said Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. “Kevin De Bruyne, it’s his ankle, it was a very bad tackle. We’ll see. At this point, we have not received any medical diagnosis from the medical service. Eden Hazard is more of a muscle sensation, so we’re going to take 48 hours.
Martinez said tests would be carried out after the team returned to Belgium on Monday.
De Bruyne’s left ankle twisted badly as Palhinha came in hard from behind to stop his run near midfield in one of the opening games of the second half. The Manchester City player was in pain and slowly left the pitch limping a bit.
Palhinha received a yellow card for his tackle.
De Bruyne had previously missed Belgium’s first match at Euro 2020 against Russia as he recovered from a facial injury suffered in the Champions League final. He played in the second half of the team’s second group game, scoring the game-winning goal against Denmark. He started in the third, against Finland, and replaced in stoppage time.
Belgium have won all three of their group matches.
Hazard has suffered injuries all season with Real Madrid and has also gradually returned to top form during Euro 2020. He entered as a second-half substitute against Russia and Denmark and then went on to started the last group game against Finland.
Belgium’s next game is Friday against Italy in Munich.
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