Belgium’s De Bruyne Misses Squad Selections Due to Injury Concerns

Belgium manager Dominic Tedesco has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will not be included in the squad for the upcoming international break due to a groin injury. Despite featuring in Manchester City’s recent matches, De Bruyne has been struggling with minor groin issues, prompting the decision to prioritize his recovery.

Tedesco stated, “Yesterday I spoke to the doctor and Kevin and we decided that the risk is too great. It is our responsibility to take into account the player, but also the player’s team. It’s better to give him time to recover well at City and then have him ready for the European Championship.”

This setback adds to De Bruyne’s recent injury woes, having spent most of the season sidelined with a hamstring injury. Although he returned to action in January and showcased impressive performances, the midfielder’s fitness concerns persist.

With De Bruyne set to miss City’s FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle, manager Pep Guardiola faces a selection dilemma for the crucial fixture. Guardiola will provide an update on De Bruyne’s condition ahead of the match.

Furthermore, De Bruyne’s absence from the Belgium squad impacts his quest for his 100th cap, with his participation in the European Championship potentially at risk. This latest injury setback highlights the importance of managing player fitness carefully, especially amidst a tight schedule and title race showdowns.