Kevin De Bruyne is in line to start out Belgium’s Euro 2020 quarter-final tie towards Italy on Friday evening, whereas teammate Eden Hazard’s inclusion will probably be a ‘last-minute’ choice.
The pair had been each pressured off by way of harm within the Pink Devils’ spherical of 16 victory over Portugal. De Bruyne was taken off three minutes into the second half with what has now been confirmed as ankle ligament bruising following a problem from Joao Palhinha, whereas Hazard got here off three minutes earlier than full-time with a pulled hamstring.
Speaking in regards to the health of two of his key gamers in a press convention, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez mentioned, as quoted by Sky Sports : “Everyone knows we’re combating towards time. We’re going to wait till the final minute to make that call.
“We’ll see tomorrow if they are often concerned or not,” the Spaniard mentioned. “Sadly, for the time being we can’t decide.”
Nonetheless, it has since been revealed by Sky Sports activities Italy’s Angelo Mangainte by way of Twitter that De Bruyne will have the ability to face Italy and is in line to start out the match.
The Manchester City star’s presence within the facet is a big enhance to Martinez. After lacking their opening fixture on account of a facial harm he sustained within the Champions League remaining, De Bruyne returned to attain and help within the Pink Devils’ 2-1 comeback win towards Denmark, earlier than teeing up Romelu Lukaku in Belgium’s 2-0 victory over Finland.
In the meantime, Martinez will probably be hoping that Hazard’s last-minute health check will yield a constructive end result. The Real Madrid winger endured an injury-hit home marketing campaign, making simply 14 La Liga appearances though has come into this summer time’s European Championship exhibiting higher type, taking part in in all of Belgium’s 4 matches to date.
The Pink Devils’ fifth fixture of the match is a match-up with fellow favourites Italy, who boast a good higher run of type than Belgium coming into Euro 2020. The prize at stake is a spot within the final 4 of the European Championship, and a second successive semi-final look at a serious match for Martinez’s males.