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Clarke fears Lukaku recall

Steve Clarke has revealed he may have to buy a new striker in January after Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez indicated he is ready to recall Romelu Lukaku.

Last Updated: 01/12/12 at 18:21 Post Comment

Romelu Lukaku: Could be set to return to Stamford Bridge

Romelu Lukaku: Could be set to return to Stamford Bridge

The Belgium forward is on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns and has already netted five times, helping Albion climb into the Premier League top four.

However, Benitez admitted he will analyse the situation in a couple more games before making a decision on the 19-year-old.

But the news will worry Clarke, who will be without Peter Odemwingie with the striker set to play for Nigeria at the African Nations Cup in January, meaning he will be short of options.

Clarke said: "It's a situation I cannot control, but I can't spend my time worrying about it.

"It won't be a problem. We know the possibilities that could happen in January and we know what we will do if that happens.

"I'm not telling you my plans. But I have to manage a football club with the help of my staff and scouts.

"We have six scouts having a planning meeting about potential targets and you have to think ahead.

"January's a window and there's one in the summer, so you plan towards those windows and for a number of circumstances that may happen."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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