World Cup: Lukaku set to miss England clash

By Daily Sports on June 28, 2018

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Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku is on the mend but not likely to be risked against England in Thursday's final Group G game in Kaliningrad.

Both sides go against each other having already qualified for the last 16 after winning their opening two games with top spot up for grabs.

Manchester United's Lukaku has missed training this week because of an ankle injury suffered in the 5-2 win over Tunisia last Saturday.

Speaking at Wednesday's press conference, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez revealed his team news but played down any concerns that Lukaku, scorer of four goals in Russia, was a long-term concern.

Martinez said: "He had a really difficult knock against Tunisia and probably Thursday is one day too early, but I don't think it is going to take any longer than that.

"We had very good news on the scan. There was no further damage, but it is still uncomfortable.

"I don't think he will be training on Wednesday, and I think we will make a final assessment tonight in order for him to be involved or not. At the moment, it is still in (the) recovery phase."

Both sides have 100 per cent records in the competition, and Martinez voiced his admiration for England.

"What I see is Gareth Southgate has brought all his success from U21 level and has developed an England culture," Martinez added. (Sky Sports)

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 28, 2018

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