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Romelu Lukaku | Forward | #9

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 207

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Romelu Lukaku has failed to recover from a hamstring related problem ruling the Manchester United striker out of Belgium’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland.
The 25-year-old returned to Jose Mourinho’s matchday squad on Sunday having missed the two previous games with a muscle/tendon injury which he sustained on the eve of the trip to Bournemouth in game week eleven. Initially, United had hoped that Lukaku could recover in time for the trip to Turin in the Champions League four days later, but he wasn’t cleared to rejoin the group until later in the week. "He could be back," Jose said ahead of the derby. "We have one more session [to see if] he is ready." Lukaku was passed fit and entered the game at the Etihad as a substitute, but it appears that he aggravated the problem once more during his 30-minute cameo and he has been unable to train with the national team. Belgium face Switzerland on Sunday and it remains unclear whether Lukaku is fit enough to feature in Luzern. Nov 15 - 3:46 PM
Source: Reuters

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Romelu Lukaku may be back in Man United's first team squad this weekend for the Manchester derby.

The Belgian striker did not travel with United to Turin for their Champions League victory against Serie A champions Juventus but may be in contention according to manager Jose Mourinho: "We have a chance - it is Friday morning now - that Lukaku could be back." Mourinho also confirmed that the United squad has no new injuries, with every player who was available to play Juve in consideration for Sunday.
Nov 9 - 6:38 AM

Injury threatens to rule Romelu Lukaku out of this weekend’s Manchester derby after the striker remained at the AON Training Complex ahead of the Champions League tie with Juventus in Turin.

Lukaku was one of only two first team players missing from training on Tuesday – the other was Diogo Dalot - after Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini re-joined the group. The Belgium international was absent for the win over Bournemouth after suffering a setback on the eve of the game and Jose Mourinho was uncertain at the time, on how long Lukaku would be side-lined. "He needs these couple of days. It was something in training. We don't know, muscle, tendon... we have to wait a little bit." And, speaking from Italy, the United boss was still unable to give any guarantees over Lukaku’s involvement in game week twelve. "[He is] injured. Injured for tomorrow and we don't know for Sunday." Striking responsibilities were handed to Alexis Sanchez on the south coast, although Marcus Rashford is poised to start in the Allianz Arena.
Nov 6 - 6:29 PM

Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for the Champions League clash in Turin on Wednesday after missing the 2-1 win at Bournemouth because of injury.

The misfiring striker wasn’t one of those flagged as a doubt during Friday’s early morning media briefing, but concerns began to grow over his availability on the south coast when Lukaku was not seen with the rest of the squad boarding a flight to Bournemouth. "In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days," Jose Mourinho revealed to British broadcaster BT Sport prior to kick-off. "So, Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis [Sanchez]." After the game, the United boss confirmed it was a muscle/tendon injury which would be assessed. If he fails to recover, then Marcus Rashford will be hoping that his winning goal from the bench is enough to earn him a recall against Juventus while Ander Herrera also impressed following his introduction shortly after the break.
Nov 3 - 12:00 PM

Manchester United were held to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford by Valencia in their second Champions League group game.

The draw continues United's poor start to the season. The start of the game was encouraging as Rashford and Alexis showed energy and fight on the wings. However crosses failed to break them down and United slowly lost their shape and cutting edge. Valencia had their chances but they weren't clear cut, and eventually one of Marcus Rashford's poor set-pieces actually came close, hitting the crossbar. Calls to attack echoed throughout Old Trafford in the second half and Alexis' substitution got the loudest cheer of the night. Boos rang out at the final whistle as the crowds asked themselves yet again: "Is Mourinho the right man for the job?"
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 2 - 5:55 PM

A 2-0 win for Manchester United is just what the doctor ordered for Jose Mourinho and company heading into the international break.

After losing two straight matches, where they conceded six goals combined, the Red Devils bounced back in a big way to relived the pressure on Mourinho with three points on the road at Burnley. Lukaku returned to his scoring ways in the 27th minute with a powerful header after connecting with an Alexis Sanchez cross. And before the end of the half, Lukaku had two when he pounced on a deflected shot in the 44th minute. But in the 69th, Lukaku was denied a hat-trick when Paul Pogba took a penalty, which Joe Hart saved. But the bad news for United is that Marcus Rashford will miss the next three games for violent conduct when he was sent off for a headbutt on Phil Bardsley.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 2 - 12:57 PM

Romelu Lukaku opened his account for the season but Manchester United were again lackluster as they fell to Brighton 3-2 at the AmEx Stadium.

The Red Devils were without Alexis Sanchez who was a late scratch with a minor knock. The cumulative impact of Sanchez's absence and the other drama in the squad seemed to have an impact as the hosts led from the 25th minute. They doubled their lead two minutes later and never trailed. Expect the frenzy around the discontent between manager and players to grow to a fever pitch this coming week as the recriminations for the unexpected loss fly in the press.
Aug 19 - 2:15 PM

Romelu Lukaku is in with a chance of starting for Man Utd on Sunday afternoon after coming off the bench in the season opener at Old Trafford last Friday.

Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia are all back in training following rest and injuries, though none of the trio will be ready to take to the field this weekend. Paul Pogba will captain the side again in Valencia's absence.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 17 - 11:45 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that Romelu Lukaku is back training with the team early.

Lukaku, along with Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford, each cut their post-World Cup holidays short with the hopes of being available to face Leicester City in next Friday's season opener. Said Mourinho: "In a few days, we go to Munich and in 11 days, we start the Premier League and these are the players that we have, plus (Victor) Lindelof, that started training two days ago. Plus Marcus Rashford, (Phil) Jones and (Romelu) Lukaku because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holiday, so they're coming back three days early to try and be available for the team."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 1 - 11:41 AM

Roberto Martinez is expected to make a raft of changes as Belgium face England in the final game of Group G on Thursday.

Following back-to-back wins, both sides have comfortably qualified for the knockout phase and their focus will now shift to the Last 16. The Red Devils manager refused to rule out the possibility of making up-to 10 changes which would include Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens who picked up minor knocks during the win over Tunisia. Romelu Lukaku is a concern after a scan confirmed he suffered "external ligament" damage to his left foot. Meanwhile, those players who have already been booked in the competition will not be risked – Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier – for fear of collecting another yellow card and receiving an automatic one-match ban. Vincent Kompany will be handed his first minutes of the 2018 World Cup following his recovery from a slight groin strain and he could be partnered alongside Thomas Vermaelen as he continues to build fitness after a recent hamstring injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 8:35 AM

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that forward Romelu Lukaku won't be available on Friday.

The Red Devils head to Brighton on Friday night for the first match of their double gameweek but will have to do so without their top scorer after Lukaku left the club's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday with a foot injury. While the club doesn't yet know the full extent of the injury, Mourinho said he thinks the Belgian international should be ready to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month: "I don't know [how long he will be out]," Mourinho said. "I just know that he will not play tomorrow. Apart from that we need to wait for more scans, more time. I hope [he will be ready for the FA Cup final], it looks positive."
Source: Sky Sports
May 3 - 3:46 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the FA Cup final in three weeks but it remains unclear if the Belgium international will feature in any of United’s three remaining Premier League matches.

There were growing concerns on Sunday when Lukaku was replaced following a heavy challenge by Arsenal youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos. Although the contact looked minimal, manager Jose Mourinho hinted that his withdrawal was the cause for some worry: "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go." However, a scan on his right ankle confirmed there was no significant damage and Lukaku will be fit to face Chelsea at Wembley on May 19. With Champions League qualification already assured for 2018/19, and second place all but guaranteed, there will be no reason to take any unnecessary risks with Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial able to come into the side. United travel to Brighton on Friday evening and Mourinho is expected to provide an official update as part of his pre-match press conference.
Source: Daily Mail
May 2 - 12:18 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be assessed after suffering a foot injury during the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Belgium international was caught by Konstantinos Mavropanos early in the second half and indicated that he was unable to continue. Although the contact didn’t look too serious, Lukaku limped off and walked straight down the tunnel. The victory secures a Champions League qualification spot, and with second place all but assured, United can now focus their attention on the FA Cup final in three weeks: "I don't know if he is going to be out, or if he’s okay" Jose Mourinho said. "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go. So, for him to say immediately, to change him, it is because he couldn't play. I don't think it's something, or I hope it's not." His absence is likely to see Marcus Rashford recalled to the starting XI while Mourinho may look to involve some of his fringe players during the run-in.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

The Belgian forward was 9n the bench to start but came in to put away United's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

With the World Cup looming Lukaku's form was of some concern as the second half of the season hasn't been particularly prolific by his or United's standards. Everyone from Jose Mourinho to Roberto Martinez will be happy to see Lukaku score as the season winds down.
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM