Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is to undergo a scan on a troublesome thigh injury that threatens to see him miss out on Saturday’s home clash against Aston Villa, writes the TeamTalk.
The 28-year-old has made two appearances for the Blues, scoring once, since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98.5m deal. However, having played twice for Belgium over the international break, he now looks doubtful ahead of the Premier League’s resumption.
Indeed, Lukaku scored twice in Belgium’s 5-2 win over Estonia last Thursday. He then netted the opener as the Red Devils cruised past Czech Republic 3-0 on Sunday night.
However, having picked up a booking, Lukaku is now suspended for Wednesday’s match against Belarus.
That’s probably a blessing in disguise for Lukaku, given the striker has been struggling with a thigh problem. He now returns to Stamford Bridge, where the troublesome issue will be looked at more thoroughly.
“I’ll have a scan of my thigh first,” Lukaku told HLN after Belgium’s win against Czech Republic.
“I have been struggling with a minor issue for a while. And then I will return to Chelsea.”
Thomas Tuchel’s side have made a strong start to the season, beating Crystal Palace and Arsenal before drawing at Liverpool.
They resume against a Villa side, who have four points from their opening three matches.
Tuchel, though, looks unlikely to take any chances with Lukaku’s injury. Should he miss out, the Blues could turn to Timo Werner, or utilise Kai Havertz in a false nine role.