De Bruyne opens up on his injury struggles with Belgium
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De Bruyne opens up on his injury struggles with Belgium

Belgium midfielder has opened up on his injury struggles as he hopes to take his country to the next level in the Euro 2020 tournament.

De Bruyne admitted that he avoided heading the ball in training as he prepares for his first start since last month's Champions League final which left him with an acute nose bone fracture and damaged eye socket.

The midfielder was bodychecked by Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger's in the tie something that forced him out of the game with the German defender currently wearing a guard on duty with his national team.

"I still have very little feeling on my left side. It is annoying but OK, I've got used to it. In the beginning, I was scared to go into confrontations but once a match starts I am so concentrated I don't think about it.

"I knew from the moment it happened, I couldn't make the first match of the Euros. The coach told me he wanted me to be a sub against Denmark and then get rhythm by starting against Finland. It's ideal for me.

"I'm not angry with Rudiger. I know he wanted to block me but he didn't want to hurt me so I don't have a problem with it. He sent me a message after the match, I responded and that is long gone," De Bruyne said.

De Bruyne together with Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel began Euro 2020 on the sidelines and coach Roberto Martinez has promised to include them in their final group game against Finland on Monday having already qualified after wins against Russia and Denmark.

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