Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has cleared the way for Romelu Lukaku to start in their dead-rubber international friendly against Cyprus.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who say that the move is set to lead to frustration for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho; and you would obviously understand that, due to the fact that he’s clearly not 100% at this point in time.
Lukaku, 24, has apparently been passed fit by Belgium’s medical team to start this match, but it just doesn’t make any sense to risk him.
The former Everton man has been simply sensational for Manchester United at the start of this year and it must be so annoying that Martinez is willing to risk the fitness of such an expensive summer signing in a game that is truly worthless.
Why not give a young up and comer a go? It could worsen the current problem that Lukaku has, and with such an important game on the horizon, I just don’t see any logic in this decision.
I’d also understand risking him if it was an all-important game in which Belgium needed a result to secure World Cup qualification. That’s not the case, they’ve already wrapped it up and whatever happens they’ll be in Russia next summer.