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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku 'is facing a MONTH out with the ankle injury'

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Romelu Lukaku ‘is facing a MONTH out with the ankle injury he picked up in Chelsea’s win over Malmo’ plunging Thomas Tuchel into a striker crisis with Timo Werner also likely to miss time

  • Romelu Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out because of an ankle injury
  • The Belgian striker was forced off in Wednesday’s European win over Malmo
  • He twisted his ankle and had to come off early on with Kai Havertz replacing him
  • Fellow striker Timo Werner also came off and Thomas Tuchel said he’ll miss time 


Romelu Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out of action because of the ankle injury he sustained in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Malmo on Wednesday night.

The Belgian striker twisted his ankle during the first half while fellow striker Timo Werner also picked up a hamstring injury to leave a cloud over the Blues’ comprehensive 4-0 rout at Stamford Bridge. 

According to The Sun, the £98m summer signing now faces a lengthy spell on the sideline which could be a blow to Chelsea’s chances in the Premier League title race.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out because of an ankle issue

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out because of an ankle issue

Lukaku was forced off early on in Chelsea's Champions League win over Malmo on Wednesday

Lukaku was forced off early on in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Malmo on Wednesday

If he does miss four weeks – in the worst-case scenario – then Lukaku will miss league games against Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley, as well as a League Cup tie with Southampton and the return fixture against Malmo.

Lukaku has been struggling in front of goal lately with no goals in his previous seven games after a promising start to his second spell in west London.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was worried his side will have to do without Lukaku and Werner for several weeks after the win over Malmo.

But the German insisted he had made the right call to start both men against the Swedish minnows.

 ‘If I knew what would happen beforehand I would not have done it but how can you know it before?’ said Tuchel.

‘It was necessary that Romelu was on the pitch. He started strong, I spoke to him about it, about mental fatigue carried around with him.

Lukaku required treatment on the pitch after appearing to twist his ankle in one Chelsea attack

Lukaku required treatment on the pitch after appearing to twist his ankle in one Chelsea attack

Chelsea face a striker shortage with Timo Werner also expected to be sidelined for some time

Chelsea face a striker shortage with Timo Werner also expected to be sidelined for some time

‘But he’s our number nine and our reference up front. And the best thing for mental fatigue is a goal. We knew we could be the dominant team with Mason (Mount) and Timo around him and him as the reference up front.

‘And I had the strong belief that he could turn things around in terms of scoring and being decisive.

‘He was super strong in our start and did that. He took the foul to win the first penalty, so maybe without him it’s not 2-0. I don’t regret it because it’s not a muscle injury.

‘It was the moment to give him confidence and let him play and I don’t regret it. 

‘These things can happen and it’s bad luck. Maybe I don’t know much more than anyone else about the injuries. Romelu twisted his ankle on the foul in the box, and Timo has a hamstring injury.

‘It will take a while for both of them, and we will need more examinations to be precise. But they will be out for some matches.’

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