MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 19, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss Belgium’s opening game of the Nations League on Saturday with his wife getting ready to give birth to their third child any time soon.

De Bruyne did not join up with the rest of the squad when they assembled in Belgium on Tuesday to prepare for matches against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday and then Iceland in Brussels next Tuesday.

It was however gathered from Belgian Football Association Spokesman that, De Bruyne has permission to stay with his family and his participation will depend on the birth.

Meanwhile, the Belgian squad have already been hit by the withdrawals of striker Divok Origi, goalkeeper Hendrik Van Crombrugge, defenders Dedryck Boyata and Elias Cobbaut and midfielder Nacer Chadli, who all reported various categories of injuries.

Also, defender Thomas Vermaelen was unable to travel from Japan because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. This no doubt will affect the level of preparations if the team.

In the meantime, Coach Roberto Martínez has only called up Ghent goalkeeper Davy Roef as cover and hoping for good results in the two games of the competition.

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