Kevin De Bruyne cannot yet play pain-free at the European Championship.

The Belgian midfielder still suffers from a "dead feeling" in the left part of his face.

Shortly before the European Championship, De Bruyne underwent surgery for an eye socket fracture that he sustained during the Champions League final with Manchester City against Chelsea.

He nevertheless made an impressive return on Thursday in the second group match against Denmark.

"It's annoying, but I'm getting used to it," said De Bruyne, who came in against Denmark halfway through a 0-1 deficit and made the difference after the break by providing the assist at the 1-1 and himself the 2 -1 to make.

"The doctors have told me that this can continue for months. But it is not that it hinders my game. The fear of entering a duel is also less and less. When I am in the field, I actually think Not at all from the injury anymore. That's a good sign."

Kevin de Bruyne cheers after his winning goal for Belgium against Denmark.

Kevin de Bruyne cheers after his winning goal for Belgium against Denmark.

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'It was not great against Denmark'

Belgium already won against Russia (3-0) at this European Championship and is therefore already certain of the eighth finals.

The 'Red Devils', one of the favorites for the European title, can secure the group win on Monday in the final group match against Finland.

"I also enjoy hearing the fact that we are already through. But in my view it was not great against Denmark. We always want better and better. We need that too. We have to learn from these lesser moments. moments come, that's important. That's going to make the difference," says De Bruyne.

"As for my own performance against Denmark, the praise is of course very nice to hear, but you have to stay calm and put that into perspective. It's nice that I can come back after my injury and surgery. That gives myself and the team a boost for the rest of this tournament."

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