Belgium calm Lukaku fears

Striker Romelu Lukaku will need to rest after injuring his ankle on Saturday but will be fit for the World Cup, according to Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.

Last Updated: 08/06/14 at 14:23 Post Comment

Romelu Lukaku: Expected to be fit for World Cup

Romelu Lukaku: Expected to be fit for World Cup

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Everton from Chelsea, came on after 61 minutes of Belgium's 1-0 friendly victory against Tunisia in Brussels but limped off shortly before the end of the match.

"He's in pain but the doctors don't think it's too serious, at least at first glance," said Wilmots.

"He will be checked over more closely on Sunday but it's probably a bad sprain. Hopefully he just needs three or four days to recover."

The news of Lukaku's injury was a worrying development for Belgium, who lost Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke to a ruptured Achilles tendon in April.

Teenage Lille player Divock Origi, who started on Saturday before being replaced by Lukaku, is the only other specialist striker in the squad, although Wilmots can call on an enviable cast of attacking talent including Premier League stars Adnan Januzaj, Eden Hazard and Kevin Mirallas.

Wilmots criticised Tunisia for what he perceived as an overly physical approach in a friendly game so close to the start of the World Cup.

"I had hoped there wouldn't be any injuries but in the changing rooms all I saw were bruises and ice-packs," he said.

Belgium are in Group B in Brazil, kicking off their campaign against Algeria on June 17 before taking on Russia and South Korea.

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Valencia bid for Manchester United's Tom Cleverley

Valencia have made a bid to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to Sky sources.

Transfer News: Real Madrid agree Xabi Alonso fee with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are close to signing Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid after the two clubs agreed a fee for the midfielder.

Transfer news: Maribor's Agim Ibraimi refuses to rule out possible Celtic move

Maribor's Agim Ibraimi has refused to rule out a move to Celtic despite helping to end their Champions League dreams.

Mail Box

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property