Much of the news coming out of the Red Devils camp has been that record goal scorer Romelu Lukaku will only be able to feature against Croatia in the final group game. However, Roberto Martinez today revealed that Lukaku may be able to feature in the second group game against Morocco. As reported by Voetbalkrant, Martinez said “If we follow the medical advice, we should aim for the third game. But if we listen to the player’s feeling, there is a chance that he can already take action against Morocco”.
Lukaku will certainly be missing for the opening game of the World Cup against debutants Canada, with Michy Batshuayi and Lois Openda expected to be battling it out for the starting spot.
Belgium have been hit with FIFA controversy just before their opening group game, as the World Cup organisers said that they must remove the word “love” from their away shirt. The Red Devils had planned to wear the rainbow one love armband as well, but alongside other teams they backed down in the face of an automatic booking.