Lukaku set to miss Chelsea's crunch clash with Real Madrid with heel problem and in race to play FA Cup semi-final

Lukaku set to miss Chelsea's crunch clash with Real Madrid with heel problem and in race to play FA Cup semi-final

April 11, 2022

ROMELU LUKAKU is set to miss Chelsea's crunch clash against Real Madrid with a heel problem.

It leaves the out-of-form striker in a race for fitness ahead of the Blues' FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Lukaku, 28, has been struggling with the foot injury and was ruled out of Chelsea's 6-0 win at Southampton on the weekend.

Timo Werner, 26, started at Saint Mary's scoring twice, while strike partners Kai Havertz, 22, and Mason Mount, 23, also added goals.

According to The Telegraph, Lukaku's injury is not considered serious and he will work towards the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace.

But the Belgian will not travel to Madrid where Chelsea attempt to turn around a 3-1 first-leg loss.

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Havertz started up front in the first tie, scoring his side's only goal, with Lukaku coming on in the second half.

The striker missed a golden chance to head Chelsea back into the game after coming off the bench.

Providing an update on Lukaku's fitness, Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: "He was not in training yesterday.

"It was too much pain. It is not much time as we leave the country on Monday so I will have to wait."

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Chelsea boss Tuchel started Christian Pulisic, 23, against Madrid but Werner replaced the American at Southampton.

The German scored his Premier League goal since October and he could have added more to his tally.

Tuchel said: "He could have scored more. He had huge chances and a lot of chances.

"It was his favourite position against an opponent we knew we could find spaces in behind.

"It was for him to make a statement out of it which he did. He could have scored more but we are happy with his strong performance."

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