Hazard & De Bruyne stay with Belgium

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    De Bruyne and HazardKevin de Bruyne (left) and Eden Hazard both came off injured against Portugal

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    Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne will stay with Belgium's Euro 2020 squad, but neither is expected to be "100%" fit for Friday's quarter-final against Italy.

    Both players came off in Sunday's 1-0 last-16 win against Portugal.

    Midfielder De Bruyne suffered an ankle injury while captain Hazard limped off with a leg muscle problem.

    The pair have had scans and boss Roberto Martinez said they could still play a part against Italy in Munich.

    "They didn't take any major damage and stay with the team," said Martinez.

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    "Our main concern at the moment is time, as the match against Italy is coming up quickly. Kevin and Eden probably won't get 100% fit, but we will use every day to get them as fit as possible.

    "In the event that we go through, they will be ready for the semi-final anyway."

    Belgium have lost one player, though, with second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet suffering a knee injury and being replaced with the uncapped Thomas Kaminski.

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