Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku sustains ankle injury and is a doubt for Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Cyprus


Romelu Lukaku was sent for scans by Belgium’s medical staff on Monday after reporting for international duty with an ankle injury.
The Manchester United striker, who has scored 15 goals in 12 games for club and country already this season, is understood to have suffered the injury in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace and did not train with the rest of the Belgium squad.
A statement from the Belgian FA read: ‘Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage has been diagnosed.
‘In the next days he will follow an individual training programme. It is, however, too early to state that he won’t be match fit for the Bosnia and/or Cyprus game.’
Speaking before the Palace game, Jose Mourinho did not want to put pressure on Belgium coach Roberto Martinez to rest Lukaku against Bosnia and Cyprus after already qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in first place in the group.
‘Belgium is Roberto’s responsibility,’ said Mourinho. ‘It’s his decision to play him or not to play him. I cannot, professionally speaking, say do this or do that.’
Meanwhile, Lukaku has denied holding an excessively loud party in Beverley Hills last summer.
The 24-year-old did not appear in court in Los Angeles on Monday but his lawyer, Robert Humphreys, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Lukaku was arrested on July 2, eight days before his £75m move from Everton to Old Trafford. He has been ordered to appear at Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on November 21.
United’s next Premier League match will be against Liverpool when the Premier League returns following the international break on October 14.


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