Belgium will be playing their first Euro 2020 game without their crucial midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. After a proper check on his injury, it was concluded that the PFA Player of the Year would not feature in their opening European Championship Group B game against Russia in St Petersburg.
Kevin de Bruyne Injury Update
Kevin De Bruyne is still recovering after suffering a fractured eye socket and nose during their Uefa Champions League clash against Chelsea. On the other hand, Axel Witsel has an Achilles problem and will also be out of the game.
Russia received shocking news just a few days before the opening day of their game with Belgium. Their midfielder Andrei Mostovoy tested positive for Covid-19 and so had to drop the player and replace him with Roman Yevgenyev, a defender to fill in the 26-man squad.
Russia striker Artem Dzyuba has 29 international goals and is just two short of becoming the country’s all-time leading scorer. When asked about the fourth coming game, the striker said: “There are some nerves but of the pleasant kind because this is an important tournament.” He also said: “Like any player, I would like to score, but the team comes first.
He admitted the Belgians are a very strong side, and they disciplined and organised, and so he knows the team he is up against. As Kevin de Bruyne will not be in the game, it will not be as hard as it would have been for the Russian, but regardless an interesting game is expected today.