De Bruyne lambasted the state of the pitch upon which Belgium’s 4-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina was played.
The spectre of the international break was brought back into sharp focus on Saturday as Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini came off injured after just a half hour of the Group H qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.
Initial fears of severe cruciate ligament damage were dissuaded when the Belgian FA confirmed that the midfielder would only miss a couple of weeks of action.
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The knee injury does rule Fellaini out of the always hotly-contested Manchester United vs Liverpool game however, along with games against Benfica and Huddersfield Town. With Paul Pogba also sidelined, Jose Mourinho will have to test his squad’s depth in midfield in the weeks to come.
The pitch in Sarajevo last night didn’t help matters. According to compatriot and teammate Kevin de Bruyne, the standard of the field was ‘unacceptable’.
“I was worried I’d get injured,” he admitted.
“This was unacceptable. I don’t understand how we could play on such a pitch. Last time I played on such a bad pitch was when I was a seven-year-old kid.”
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez also blasted the playing conditions, though it’s unlikely that Mourinho will absolve him of any blame for the injury.
“The pitch in Sarajevo was below any acceptable level. It was impossible to play any tactics. Our team spirit won the game, not any tactics.”