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    Worry for Belgium ahead of England clash as Romelu Lukaku injury confirmed


    Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has this evening confirmed that Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury during the Red Devils’ clash with Tunisia earlier today.

    Matchup

    The two sides went head to head at the Spartak Stadium this afternoon, with Belgium having headed into proceedings as clear favourites to take all 3 points.

    The Red Devils earned a comfortable 3-0 victory over Panama in their World Cup opener on Monday, with Tunisia having fallen to a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at the hands of England in their first outing of their tournament.

    Class apart

    Unsurprisingly, the opening moments of this afternoon’s matchup saw Belgium take control of proceedings, with Roberto Martinez’s men having taken the lead from the penalty spot through Eden Hazard with just 6 minutes on the clock.

    And it was 2-0 just ten minutes later, as Romelu Lukaku found the net for the second game running with a brilliant driven finish into the bottom right-hand corner of Farouk Ben Mustapha’s goal.

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 23: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates with teammate Eden Hazard after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at Spartak Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    The hectic start to proceedings in Moscow continued when Tunisia pulled a goal back through Dylan Bronn with 18 minutes on the clock, but Belgium took back firm control of the game on the stroke of half-time, when a brilliantly-disguised pass from Thomas Meunier slipped Lukaku through for an unerring dinked finish.

    Eden Hazard made it 4 for the Red Devils 5 minutes after the interval with a superb piece of control and cool finish, before Michy Batshuayi rounded out the scoring for Belgium in injury-time.

    The goals didn’t stop there, though, as former Sunderland midfielder Wahbi Khazri made the scoreline look a touch more respectable with an injury-time strike of his own for Tunisia.

    Worrying

    However, while the result was obviously a hugely positive one for Belgium, a serious concern on the personnel front for the European powerhouse has since come to light in the aftermath of this afternoon’s clash.

    As revealed by Red Devils’ boss Roberto Martinez, Romelu Lukaku’s substitution on the hour mark was due to an injury that the Manchester United striker picked up.

    Lukaku, who today took his World Cup tally to 4 goals in 2 games at this summer’s tournament, suffered ‘external ligament damage’ to his left foot, with the seriousness of the problem set to be assessed over the next 48 hours.

    As such, Lukaku is viewed as a doubt to take on England next Thursday night.

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