Kevin De Bruyne suffered a worrying injury and was forced to leave the field of play in Belgium’s Euro 2020 round of 16 clash with Portugal, and is now at risk of missing the rest of the tournament.
The incident occurred in the first-half injury time, when the 29-year-old hit the ground following a heavy challenge from Selecao midfielder João Palhinha. The Portuguese star received a yellow card for the tackle, but many believed it was deserving of a red.
De Bruyne immediately looked in discomfort in the aftermath of the tackle, and signalled to the bench that he could not continue. The Manchester City star cut a frustrated figure as he left the field, aware that he is now in danger of missing any future Euro 2020 clashes.
Belgium may be encouraged by the fact that the talisman was able to walk off the pitch without any serious help from the medical staff, but his confidence in the fact that he was too injured to play on is far from promising.
The Red Devils were winning the game 1-0 when he was substituted, thanks to a stunning goal from Thorgan Hazard.
This setback will come as a crushing blow to De Bruyne, as he had to be substituted through injury in yet another key match this season. The midfielder suffered a broken nose and eye socket during Man City’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final back in May, and he faced a race against time to be fit for Euro 2020.
De Bruyne sat out the opening group stage clash for his nation, but returned to make the difference in a 2-1 win over Denmark on matchday two. Yet again though, the Belgian star may have to watch his teammates from the sidelines in the biggest matches of the year.