It has been revealed that Romelu Lukaku will not be certified fit on time to make it for Belgium’s first two group games in the World Cup against Canada and Morocco.
The striker has been battling a thigh injury picked up while in training in August which has led to him having fitness issues.
Though the former Chelsea striker managed a 22 minute return against Sampdoria in October, he got a relapse of his injury that will now cause him to miss the first two games.
He then returned to action in style in October again, scoring in a 4-0 win against Viktoria Plzen that ensured Inter’s passage to the last 16 of the Champions League though he injured his hamstring again a few days later.
The striker is lacking in match fitness as he races against time to be certified fit to contribute to Belgium’s World Cup campaign.
Belgium will kick-off their tournament on Wednesday with a clash against Canada at Al Rayyan stadium, while they have also been drawn in a group with Morocco and Croatia in Group H.
Reports from the Belgian press via Calciomercato.com confirmed Lukaku is out of the games against Canada and Morocco while he is expected to be back against Croatia.
Martinez, however, has options with Leandro Trossard and Michy Batshuayi two options to do a good job in the absence of Lukaku.