Manchester United fans will be dreading the latest injury update from Belgium manager Roberto Martinez on Romelu Lukaku.
The big striker is currently away on international duty and appears to be carrying a knock on his ankle, making him a doubt for his country’s fixtures.
Jose Mourinho will certainly be hoping that Martinez doesn’t risk his star striker, particularly as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to return for the club.
The good news is that both Manchester United and Belgium’s medical departments are in constant communication, meaning they will likely come to a decision together.
The Red Devils face a busy fixture after the international break with six games to be played in just two weeks, including a match against fierce rivals Liverpool.
According to Goal, Martinez said: “At the moment, Romelu is working separately. He has not joined the group yet since he arrived. We need to be a little bit patient.
I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday. We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit difficult for him to be involved on Saturday.
But we are still hopeful he will be involved on Tuesday [against Cyprus].”
Thankfully Roberto seems to also care for his player’s health and doesn’t seem too willing to risk Lukaku, possibly because Belgium have already qualified for the World Cup.
Romelu’s absence gives Martinez the opportunity to perhaps experiment with his tactics or give an opportunity for his other players to shine.
Should Belgium decide to not risk their star striker, Lukaku may be back in time for Manchester United’s game vs Liverpool on the 14th of October.
The Red Devils will be in desperate need of their top goalscorer as they face their rivals who currently seem shaky at the back to say the least.
Mourinho will want to take full advantage of Liverpool’s poor defending in order to jump ahead of Manchester City on goal difference to the top of the table.