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FIFA World Cup 2018: Injured Romelu Lukaku a doubt for England clash

Romelu Lukaku has missed training this week after picking up an ankle injury in Belgium’s 5-2 victory over Tunisia last Saturday, and has since had scans to discover the extent of the injury.

football Updated: Jun 28, 2018 15:57 IST
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Kaliningrad (Russia)
Romelu Lukaku in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 23, 2018.
Romelu Lukaku in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 23, 2018. (AFP)
         

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku could miss his team’s final FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G clash with England after coach Roberto Martinez said on Wednesday that the match in Kaliningrad was “probably one day too early” for the striker.

Lukaku has missed training this week after picking up an ankle injury in Belgium’s 5-2 victory over Tunisia last Saturday, and has since had scans to discover the extent of the injury.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Martinez said the results from the scans had been positive for the long term, but fears Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer may have to sit out the England encounter. 

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“From the scan there was no further damage but it is still uncomfortable,” Martinez said. “I don’t think he will be training today and we will make a final assessment tonight. 

“At the moment he is still in the recovery phase and had a difficult knock against Tunisia, but probably tomorrow is one day too early.

“I don’t think it is going to take any longer than that.”

Both Belgium and England have already qualified for the last 16.

First Published: Jun 28, 2018 13:25 IST