Chelsea and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku is at risk of missing the 2022 World Cup due to injury, according to Corriere della Sera.
Lukaku has only played 256 minutes since returning to Italy last summer. His first issue was a hamstring injury that kept him out for almost two months.
After returning and scoring against Viktoria Plzen, he suffered a biceps femoris muscle injury following a cameo against Sampdoria. The injury has kept him out of Inter’s last three games.
Lukaku is currently in Belgium, working to be fit for the 2022 World Cup. His recovery is restricted to upper body therapies and exercises only. He does this to make sure that his athletic condition doesn’t suffer.
He is not yet ready to return to action. And even when the former Manchester United and Everton striker can play, he needs around two weeks to be fully fit and sharp.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said he would take Lukaku only if he is ready for one of the first three group games.
“For the moment he is not available and is in the hands of the doctors,” said the former Everton and Wigan Athletic boss.
“If he is in a position to participate in one of the first three matches, Romelu is a player we need (and will be called up).
“If he can’t play in the opening round, he won’t be with us. We work day by day, but right now, the decision is medical. We know him very well and see various signs of improvement.
“However, healing from a muscle injury is very personal. We will wait to decide shortly before having to deliver the list of those called up.
“If he can return to the field by December 1, he will be with us. Otherwise, no.”
Belgium will play their group stage games against Canada on November 23, Morocco on November 27, and Croatia on December 1.
Lukaku is working hard and sweating on his fitness. He hopes to be fit in time to take a spot on the plane to Qatar.
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