De Bruyne and Hazard to miss the Italy clash, Belgium coach confirms

Tue 29 June 2021 | 7:57

Roberto Martinez says it will be “very difficult” for the pair to be ready for the Red Devils’ quarter-final clash against Italy.

Eden Hazard


Kevin De Bruyne

both limped out of the pitch in Belgium’s 1-0 victory against Portugal on Sunday. The Red Devils are set to face


in the quarter-finals, but

Roberto Martinez

says they might be forced to play without the service of the prized duo.

"The initial information that we have from medical staff is positive for both, they will remain with the squad and they have no structural damage,"

Martinez told a press conference.

"But we are running up against time and it is very difficult to see them fully fit. So, we have to take it day by day to try and get them fit.

"We were all a bit concerned before we got the news from the scans and it was a relief to all that we can now work on trying to get them fit again."

Eden Hazard has featured in all of Belgium’s Euro 2020 matches so far.

Thorgan Hazard

is expected to fill in for his injured brother on the left wing. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has scored two goals in his three appearances in the tournament, including the match-winner against Portugal.

Martinez must also find a replacement for De Bruyne. The Manchester City star has featured in three Euro 2020 matches so far, scoring one goal and providing two assists. The absence of De Bruyne might provide another opportunity for

Leander Dendoncker

, who delivered an impressive performance in Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Russia in the group stage.

If Belgium manage to get past Italy, they will face the winner of Spain’s clash against Switzerland in the next round. The semi-final tie will be played on July 6.

source: SportMob