Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has issued an update on Romelu Lukaku’s ahead of the Red Devils’ round of 16 clash against Japan at the World Cup.
The Manchester United star made a strong start to the tournament with braces against both Panama and Tunisia but he sustained an ankle problem against the latter which saw him miss the England game.
Nevertheless, Lukaku appears to have made a quick recovery from the injury and Martinez has now confirmed that the 25-year-old should be fully fit for Belgium’s knockout game versus Japan.
“He trained today and has no problems. He’ll be available (to face Japan), 100 percent,” he is quoted as saying by The Manchester Evening News.
Lukaku showed good progress during the course of his debut season with United last term and although he suffered an injury towards the end, he has managed to maintain a good run of form with Belgium.
Even when he was not on the field versus England, Lukaku was involved in motivating his side during a team hurdle and this is a potential trait which may hand him the leadership duties at United in the future.
Belgium are genuine favourites to beat Japan in the round of 16 stage and a victory over the Blue Samurai may witness them face Brazil in the last eight of the World Cup.