Romelu Lukaku left out of Bosnia and Herzegovina clash with injury

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out with an injured ankle ahead of Belgium’s World Cup qualifier with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday.

The Belgian picked up a knock during the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend but nevertheless joined up with his national side for the international break.

But he has been unable to train with the main group and manager Roberto Martinez has noted that no risks would be taken over the 24-year-old despite his desire to play.

And Lukaku has received a blow after being declared not ready to feature against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday night.


It is hinted that Lukaku should be in contention to face Cyprus next Tuesday. Indeed, the fact that he hasn’t been sent back to Carrington is an unequivocally positive thing. This seems to be more of a hangover from a recovering knock, you sense.

Either way, Manchester United fans everywhere would welcome the sight of Lukaku returning to Manchester early and focusing solely on recovering fully from any lingering afflictions. Belgium, after all, have already qualified for the World Cup. The international break is pointless at the best of times and even more so now, especially with a pivotal clash with Liverpool just around the corner.

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