Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard last-minute decisions for Belgium's Euro 2020 quarter-final against Italy, says Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez will give Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard until the last minute to prove their fitness ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Italy.

Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s last-16 win over Portugal and was substituted three minutes into the second half after a challenge from behind from Joao Palhinha during a Belgium counter-attack just before the interval.

On Monday, Martinez revealed the midfielder had suffered ligament bruising.

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National team captain Hazard, meanwhile, pulled his hamstring and was taken off three minutes before the end of the game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference for the Italy game, Martinez said: “We all know we are fighting against time.

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“We are going to wait until the last minute to make that decision.

“We’ll see tomorrow if they can be involved or not. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot make a decision.”

De Bruyne missed Belgium’s opening group game against Russia, a 3-0 win, due to a facial injury. He returned to score and provide an assist in the 2-1 victory against Denmark before setting up Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 2-0 triumph over Finland.

Hazard has featured in every game at the tournament so far and appears to have improved his form following a season at Real Madrid where he made just 14 La Liga appearances and suffered multiple injury setbacks.

His brother Thorgan secured Belgium’s quarter-final place with a stunning first-half strike to see off Portugal.

Martinez’s side, ranked No 1 in the FIFA World Rankings, now face Roberto Mancini’s Italy, who have made a perfect start to Euro 2020 and made it 31 matches unbeaten with their last-16 win over Austria.

The quarter-final is on Friday at the Allianz Arena in Munich (kick-off 8pm).

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