De Bruyne cleared to participate at Euro 2020

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Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to join the Belgium squad next week ahead of the European Championship.

De Bruyne sustained an injury in a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger while playing for Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.

The 29-year-old had to be replaced in the 60th minute of the match, which Chelsea won 1-0.

Head coach Roberto Martinez told a news conference from Belgium’s training camp that the prognosis for De Bruyne was encouraging and that the playmaker will link up with the squad after a few days’ rest.

Martinez said he was not sure if De Bruyne would be ready for the team’s first match against Russia on 12 June.

“Kevin had a different programme to the rest of the players, he was only going to join us seven days later because he was playing in the Champions League final,” Martinez said.

“But that programme has obviously been changed, he won’t be able to relax and rest just yet,”

Martinez said De Bruyne faced a series of hospital tests, returning first to Manchester before joining up with the Belgian side.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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