De Bruyne skips Belgium training
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez had already said it would be unlikely that their midfield talisman would compete in the Group B clash after he suffered a double facial fracture playing for Manchester City in last month’s Champions League final.
De Bruyne fractured both his eye socket and nose and had minor surgery last week. On Monday, he joined up with his Belgian team mates for their final week of preparation but has yet to take to the training pitch.
Wearing sunglasses to mask his black eye, De Bruyne watched from the dugout at Belgium’s base in Tubize, some 25km south of Brussels, even foregoing the warm-up.