Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admitted he still suffers from pain in his face but claimed it would not impact his performance at Euro 2020.
De Bruyne fractured his eye socket and nose in last month’s Champions League final loss to Chelsea, causing him to miss Belgium’s opener against Russia last week .
The 29-year-old came off the bench in his side’s 2-1 loss to Denmark and was a game-changer, collecting an assist for the equalizer before grabbing the winner with an excellent finish in the 70th minute.
De Bruyne said he had lost much of the sensation on the side of his face, but downplayed any concerns that it would negatively affect his shape.
“It’s just a little irritating,” he said at a press conference on Saturday. “But I’m used to it now. I’m also less afraid in header duels. When I was in the field, I didn’t think about it anymore.
“I wasn’t mad at Rudiger, it was one of those things that is going on on the pitch. He tried to block me, not to break my nose, and so it was unlucky for me. me.
“The fact that we’ve had such an amazing season with City softened the blow. We tried everything to win and it didn’t work. It’s just part of the way it works in sports.
“I knew I wasn’t going to play in the first game against Russia, but that I could spend some time on the bench against Denmark. I think the timing with 45 minutes (against Denmark) and then a start against Finland is ideal to find some rhythm.
“I felt good to be back, the first half hour was good. After that it was more difficult, but it was normal because I was playing my first minutes in three weeks. I hope I can hold out against Finland longer. “