Soccer News: Lukaku returned to training in Belgium but unlikely to start against Morocco, Martinez says

    Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to start Belgium’s second World Cup match against Morocco despite returning to team training, according to head coach Roberto Martinez.

    Lukaku made just five appearances for Inter during the season with injuries and he was out as Belgium kicked off their Group F campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Canada on Wednesday.

    While Martinez hopes Belgium’s top scorer will return against Morocco at Al-Tumama Stadium on Sunday, the Nerazzurri striker may have to settle for a spot on the bench.

    “Today he trained with a group, now let’s see how his body reacts,” said the head coach. “I don’t think he’s ready to play against Morocco from the start, but we’ll find out in the next two days.

    “But he seems to be doing well and I’m happy to see him back in group training.”

    If Belgium next beat Walid Regraga’s side, they would become the first team in World Cup history to win nine consecutive group games in the tournament.

    Belgium were also undefeated in their four previous World Cup encounters with African teams (three wins, one draw), beating Tunisia 5-2 in their last such competition in 2018.

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