De Bruyne Ruled Out Of Belgium's Euro 2020 Opener Against Russia
Saint Petersburg, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Jun, 2021 ) :Kevin De Bruyne will miss Belgium's first game of Euro 2020 against Russia in Saint Petersburg on Saturday as he continues his recovery from the facial fractures he suffered in the Champions League final.
"I am aiming to be ready for the game against Denmark," De Bruyne told Uefa.com.
De Bruyne had to be substituted and watched on as his City teammates lost 1-0.
"I agree that the first game is often the most difficult in a big tournament," said the Spanish coach.
"You have to get into the tournament both mentally and physically.
"It'll be a real test tomorrow, because we know this team very well, but they also know us by heart and they'll have the support of their fans." Russia will be hoping to make their mark in a group also featuring a strong Danish outfit and major tournament debutants Finland.
Their coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who led them to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals on home soil, believes Russia can take heart from their recent meetings with Belgium, which also included a 3-3 friendly draw in 2017.
"We've played them three times over the past few years and all of the games were really entertaining. We have to play to our maximum tomorrow to succeed."