Romelu Lukaku hint dropped for weekend availability for Chelsea against Brentford
Romelu Lukaku trains at Cobham ahead of Brentford
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could be set to welcome back Romelu Lukaku to first-team duties ahead of the Blues’ tricky clash with Thomas Frank’s overachieving Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Football.London’s chief Chelsea correspondent Sam Inkersole tweeted less than an hour ago that Lukaku was in training at the clubs Cobham facility while looking to be in good shape throughout.
Romelu Lukaku in #CFC training today at Cobham. Looks in good shape having missed Belgium’s last game in the Nations League. pic.twitter.com/0GlXj1G2cn
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) October 14, 2021
There were concerns surrounding the availability of Lukaku for the weekend after Belgium’s record goal scorer pulled out of Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils camp before their UEFA Nations League third-place clash with Italy last Sunday due to muscle fatigue.
Lukaku was not the only key Belgian player suffering from that particular ailment, with Eden Hazard (almost) expectedly dealing with the same. Martinez had made no mention regarding how long he thought Lukaku would be sidelined for, and with high-flying Brentford around the corner, it is certainly all hands on deck for Tuchel’s men.
Belgian cools off after hot start to second chance at the Bridge
While goals continue to flow for Lukaku in Belgian red, the Antwerp-native has cooled off in front of goal under Tuchel for the Blues.
Lukaku’s return to the club began strong; a goal against rivals Arsenal signaled his return to the club in his second Chelsea debut, while a brace against Aston Villa saw him hit three goals in his first-three outings.
But the RSC Anderlecht youth product has now gone five matches without a goal, with his last strike coming against Zenit St.Petersburg on match day one of group stage play in the Champions League a month ago.
Despite the current cold streak, the Belgian hitman still has a 0.50 goals/90min strike rate across the Premier League and Champions League combined, and there is likely little concern regarding his ability to get back to his scoring ways.