Sky Sports: Romelu Lukaku a doubt for England clash after missing training

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for Belgium’s clash with England on Thursday night after missing training on Tuesday with an “external ligament” injury on his left foot, according to Sky Sports.

The Manchester United forward has enjoyed a remarkable start to the World Cup, netting braces in wins over Panama and Tunisia.

He had a scan on an “external ligament” on his left foot soon after the 5-2 win over Tunisia and was not seen in training on Tuesday ahead of the clash with England, which will decide who wins the group.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has claimed Lukaku needs 24-48 hours to recover before returning to training but stopped short at ruling him out for the clash.

This would be a massive blow for Belgium, who have impressed most at this tournament when moving the ball forward through Lukaku – a burgeoning, vital presence at the masthead of attack, bringing other players up the pitch with his excellent hold up play. Jose Mourinho relies on him in the same way.

Eden Hazard, United’s tormentor at Wembley last month, is also a doubt for the game after picking up a calf strain, although he did appear in training on Tuesday. Martinez could also rest Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin de Bruyne, who have all picked up bookings and would miss the last 16 with another in Kaliningrad on Thursday.

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