Confirmed press statement on Lukaku’s injury scare

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku seems to have suffered a minor injury while on international duty with Belgium.

Lukaku featured and scored for for Belgium on Thursday evening, as he scored their second goal in their 3-2 defeat to France in the Nations League semi-final clash.

Lukaku seems to have suffered a knock in that game and did not take part in Saturday’s training session with the rest of his Belgium teammates on Saturday.

The summer signing has now pulled out of Belgium’s squad ahead of their Nations League third-placed playoff against Italy on Sunday.

It has been confirmed that the Chelsea striker is no longer with the rest of the team at the team’s training base on Saturday afternoon.

Lukaku and former Blue Eden Hazard have both pulled out of the squad.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has now briefed the media about the injured duo.

Martinez said: “Eden Hazard and Lukaku are in a similar physical condition, they have had muscle overload and we didn’t have the facilities here to do the usual medical work and so they will return to Belgium to get back to the best in the club.

“It’s an overload, it’s a medical issue.

“We don’t have the feeling they are 100 per cent to be on the pitch, I don’t know what the evolution of these injuries will be.

“Whether they will be available for the first match of their respective clubs depends on their progress at their clubs. But it is certainly not the same injury that [Thomas] Meunier suffered.

“Obviously there is an excellent understanding between the two medical staff [of Belgium and Chelsea] and we want to do the best for the player, every decision is also made in agreement with the club.”

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