Romelu Lukaku was eliminated from the Belgian squad ahead of the playoff for third place in the Nations League against Italy on Sunday, which is causing Chelsea great concern.
tea 28 year old striker Belgium’s second goal in their 3-2 loss to France in the Nations League semi-finals on Thursday evening. But after a day of recovery on Friday, he was not in training with Roberto Martinez’s men on Saturday.
And the Belgian federation has since confirmed that Lukaku left the team’s training base on Saturday afternoon.
The news will be of great concern to Chelsea, who took on London rivals Brentford in the Premier League next Saturday.
“Eden Hazard and Lukaku are in a similar physical condition. You had muscle overload and we did not get the opportunity to do the usual medical work here. So you will be coming back to Belgium to get back to the best in the clubs, ”Martinez said on Saturday.
“It’s an overload, it’s a medical problem.
“We don’t have the feeling that they are 100 percent on the pitch. I don’t know how these injuries will develop.
“Whether they are available for the first game of their respective clubs depends on their progress at their clubs. But it’s certainly not the same injury that [Thomas] Müller 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 made in agreement with the club.
Lukaku had an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge with four goals in as many games. However, he has not scored a goal in his last five Chelsea games.
That barren run led his former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte to suggest it Thomas Tuchel is not using the player properly.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly been investigating to sign a Manchester United midfield goal that could move on in 2022.
A recent report from Calciomercato claimed United “are seriously considering” signing Inter Milan Marcelo Brozovic, whose current contract in Italy expires next summer. However, to win the 28-year-old they will have to face a number of rivals.
FcInterNews states that the blues and French giant PSG are both watching the player’s situation.
For his part, Brozovic is said to have made it clear that he wants to stay at the San Siro. If he does, however, given Inter’s current financial troubles, it will likely come at a discount.
Brozovic is represented by his father Ivan – talks about the midfielder’s future are due to take place on October 14th.
The report adds that a new deal can be closed for 6 million euros per year. However, Inter will try to get a discount. You plan to propose an annual salary of 5 million euros.
While this isn’t a huge problem for Brozovic, it has resulted in clubs in more solid financial shape asking about the player’s availability.
FcInterNews notes that there is a “first request for information” from Thomas Tuchel’s side and PSG.
Both clubs are interested in free transfer deals for the midfielder. Man Utd, meanwhile, are still not in the running for a potential deal.
More information is expected to be released next week after Inter’s meeting with Brozovic’s representatives.
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