De Bruyne admits it will take up to six months to recover from hit he suffered against Rudiger

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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne clashed with Antonio Rudiger in the final of the Champions League last month.

The Belgian star had to leave the pitch in tears as he couldn’t continue the game due to the impact of the hit from the Chelsea defender.

The 29-year-old underwent surgery after the clash with Rudiger in order to be fit enough to play in the European Championship. He even missed Belgium’s opening Euro 2020 clash and was a second half substitute in their comeback victory over Denmark.

De Bruyne has now admitted that it could take up to six months to fully recover from the injury.

De Bruyne told reporters after netting a match-winning goal for Belgium in a 2-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday: “I don’t feel anything on the left side, like after a visit to the dentist.

“My nerve is very badly affected, which could take six months. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but the most important thing is that I can play.

“The last two months have been up and down for me with minor injuries. After that fracture in the nose and eye socket, it was a bit of a wait.

“But luckily I came back in the fastest way. There was very good intensity for half an hour, [against Denmark] then I felt it. But I’m glad I was able to play.”

He went on to reveal that he is afraid of going into tackles at time due to the psychological impact he suffered from the hit.

He added: “My performance was OK.

“In the duels I am sometimes afraid to put my head in it, but that’s normal.

“I’m glad I could help the team, but am I ready to play 90 minutes? No idea.

“We have to wait and see how my body reacts and then we’ll see after Finland. We are already qualified, so we can see how my body reacts.”

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