Belgium international Romelu Lukaku will be undergoing medical tests before heading back to Chelsea for a return to domestic duty. Chelsea seem to have been hit with an injury concern.
The Belgian returned to the Blues from Inter Milan at the beginning of the season. He was booked in his nation’s 3-0 triumph over the Czech Republic in a World Cup Qualifying clash. This sees him ruled out of the upcoming game against Belarus.
Such a suspension allows the forward to return to England ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday. However, before that, he will first undergo an injury assessment.
Lukaku makes early return to Chelsea
The 28-year-old has been away with Belgium on international duty in World Cup qualifying action.
He collected his 100th cap for his country against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Though, he received a caution in that contest meaning that he will be unavailable for their next match-up.
The suspension ends his international break early. Lukaku has revealed that he will be returning to England but only after undergoing further medical examinations.
After marking a century of appearances for his country, Lukaku: “I’ll have a scan of my thigh first. I have been struggling with a minor issue for a while. Then I will return to Chelsea.”
The forward extended his record as Belgium’s all-time leading scorer with his 67th goal as he picked up his 100th cap. Manager Roberto Martinez hailed Lukaku, saying: “I think he is a living iconic figure of Belgian football. One hundred caps, 66 goals, at his age. He has a phenomenal attitude.“
Martinez went on to say that he hoped the Belgian could on to 125 or even 150 caps. He commented on the rarity such a players, saying that they do not come around often.
The 28-year-old has already recorded his first goal back in a Chelsea shirt with a debut effort against rivals Arsenal. Lukaku is expected to inspire Tuchel’s side mount a title challenge this season.