Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has named Romelu Lukaku in his World Cup squad despite the forward’s fitness issues. The striker’s season has been hampered by injuries; despite being on loan from Chelsea to Inter Milan, Lukaku has only made two appearances for the Serie A team since August because of his persistent hamstring problem and a thigh problem from earlier in the season.
“Although it is clear that he is not in optimal health medically, the last three days have been great. Romelu will have access to every second, “Romelu Lukaku, according to Roberto Martinez, the head coach of Belgium. “At this point, we think he will be able to take part in at least one of those three Group F games. We will still assess the situation, and we have till November 22 to make a decision. His pre-European Championship situation is similar to [Axel] Witsel’s. Alternately, Vincent from Kompany in 2018 [prior to the World Cup]. The situation is not unusual for us. He should make as much of a contribution as he can.”
Despite spending the majority of the season on the bench for Real Madrid and not playing in La Liga since his coach Carlo Ancelotti lost interest in him in September, Eden Hazard has also been added. Because Martinez is a talisman for Belgium, he has set aside concerns about his match fitness and form. The Premier League has a sizable representation with players like Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, Youri Tielemans, Wout Faes, Timothy Castagne of Leicester, Amadou Onana of Everton, Leandro Trossard of Brighton, and Leander Dendoncker of Aston Villa.
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