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Bad News To Belgium Fans As Lukaku Is Out Of First 2 World Cup Games

A team source told AFP on Sunday that Romelu Lukaku will not play for Belgium in the World Cup until at least their final Group F match against Croatia.

As he recovers from a hamstring injury, the forward did not take part in the Red Devils' first proper training session since their arrival in Qatar on Friday.

Belgium's all-time leading scorer with 68 goals in 102 appearances, Lukaku was called up to the World Cup squad despite coach Roberto Martinez admitting he was not fully fit.


The 29-year-old has had a difficult 18 months, returning to Inter Milan on loan after a disappointing season with Chelsea.

However, he has only appeared twice for Inter since August, when he was injured in a 3-1 loss to Lazio.

He made a strong comeback last month, scoring in a 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen to secure Inter's place in the last 16 of the Champions League, but he injured his hamstring again a few days later.

Belgium kicks off their World Cup campaign against Canada on Wednesday, followed by Morocco before facing 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia early next month.


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Martinez must decide who will take Lukaku's place up front. Michy Batshuayi of Fenerbahce started Belgium's final warm-up match before the tournament, a 2-1 loss to Egypt on Friday.

Batshuayi was replaced by Lens forward Lois Openda, who equalized in the 76th minute in Kuwait City.

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