EURO 2020

Kevin De Bruyne Reveals He is Still Unable to Feel the Left Side of His Face

Mudeet Arora
Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he is still feeling the after effects of his injury
Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he is still feeling the after effects of his injury / Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Belgium hitman Kevin De Bruyne has given a shocking update on his injury situation after leading his country to a big win at the European Championship.

De Bruyne, who missed his side's opening Euro 2020 clash as he was still recovering from a fractured nose and eye socket, returned to his national team as a substitute against Denmark on Thursday.

The Manchester City hitman came up with a goal and an assist to hand Belgium a comeback 2-1 win over Denmark, thus ensuring his country's passage to the knockout round.

However, the 29-year-old revealed he is still in pain following his shocking clash with Antonio Rudiger in the UEFA Champions League final clash against Chelsea.

De Bruyne told ESPN, "I don't feel anything on the left side, like after a visit to the dentist. My nerve is very badly affected, which could take six months [to heal]. It's not a comfortable feeling, but the most important thing is that I can play."

Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium, Euro 2020
Kevin De Bruyne inspired Belgium to a crucial win over Denmark / Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

He added, "The last two months have been up and down for me with minor injuries. After that fracture in the nose and eye socket, it was a bit of a wait. But luckily I came back in the fastest way. There was very good intensity for half an hour [against Denmark], then I felt it. But I'm glad I was able to play."

On being asked about his own performance, De Bruyne said, "My performance was OK. In duels I am sometimes afraid to put my head in it, but that's normal. I'm glad I could help the team, but am I ready to play 90 minutes? No idea."

He then concluded by stating, "We have to wait and see how my body reacts and then we'll see after Finland. We are already qualified, so we can see how my body reacts."