Belgium reveal the extent of Lukaku's ankle injury
Oct 05 2017
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has pleaded not guilty to excessive partying after he was arrested in the United States during the summer following a series of noise complaints.
The Belgian coach stressed that his people are in constant touch with Manchester United's medical team regarding Lukaku and he is keen to remain patient with the player's recovery.
However, sources have told ESPN FC that, as things stand, there are no plans to send Lukaku back to Manchester early and the 24-year-old could still line up against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Stadion Grbavica.
Now level on points with table-topping Manchester City, United appear to have found the kind of form that became synonymous under Sir Alex Ferguson and fans were beginning to believe that after a five-year drought, the Premier League trophy was once again within reach.
Belgium are already assured of winning Group H, meaning there is little to gain in risking Lukaku, with Martinez leaning in the direction of leaving him out ahead of Saturday's game away to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"We'll take a decision on Friday".
The striker travelled with Belgium for worldwide duty following the game, but is not expected to feature heavily against either Bosnia or Cyprus, with his country already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
"We will give it as long as we can to make the final call but he is very uncertain for Saturday".
Lukaku's 25 goals last season for Everton were the second-highest in the Premier League.