Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has undergone a minor operation on his eye socket and has been passed fit for Euro 2020, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed.
De Bruyne’s participation in the upcoming European Championship looked in major doubt after the playmaker was pictured in tears after being forced out of the Champions League final defeat by Chelsea.
De Bruyne was withdrawn with 30 minutes remaining of the contest, suffering an acute fracture of the nose and an orbital fracture to his left eye socket following a collision with Antonio Rudiger.
Martinez previously revealed that De Bruyne didn’t require surgery, but following discussions with his parent club and medical experts it was decided that the 29-year-old should go under the knife.
“After looking at the images it was decided that Kevin had to undergo a small operation,” the former Everton boss said.
“The operation took place this morning and it went well. He will join the group on Monday and will be with us for the Euros.
“It was a necessary intervention to secure the structure of the eye socket in the long term.
“It is not an operation that requires a long recover, it was just to make sure that there are no issues later down the line.
“It only took 20 minutes and the medical department is very happy with the success of the operation. The decision was taken in agreement with Manchester City.”
He continued: “Kevin is doing well. He’s in a good state of mind and can’t wait to join us on the pitch on Monday.
“It is not an operation that prevents you from returning to activity or needs recovery time, it is actually the opposite.
“It should even give him the opportunity to play without the need for protection.
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