Belgium is unlikely to risk Romelu Lukaku on Saturday, when they take on Bosnia in a World Cup qualifier. That’s according to the IB Times, who says that the striker underwent an MRI scan following an injury scare in the build-up to Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace over the weekend.
Of course, Lukaku went on to complete 90 minutes in the aforementioned game and he even picked up a goal for himself. However, it’s quite clear that he still is suffering from some sort of issue if these latest reports are to be believed.
Before the game, the IB Times also quotes Roberto Martinez as telling as press conference that Lukaku is still training separately. On top of that, the Red Devils’ boss adds that a decision will be made on Friday about whether he’ll play or not, but it’s probably going to be ‘difficult’ for the forward to be involved.
“At the moment, Romelu is working separately, he hasn’t joined the group since he arrived,” Martinez told the press. “We need to be a little bit patient, I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday, we will make a decision probably on Friday. But I would say it is little difficult for him to be involved Saturday but we are still hopeful he can be involved on Tuesday.”
As a Manchester United fan first and foremost, I’m of the opinion that Belgium should just send Lukaku back to Manchester as soon as possible. At the end of the day, it’s the domestic team that pays his wages and spent big-money to bring him in. Imagine if he aggravates that injury whilst on international duty and is ruled out for the foreseeable future?
This is a guy who is key to any potential success that the Old Trafford club could have this term. With Liverpool away on the horizon, Martinez should do the sensible thing and send him back.