Inter Ace Will Not Be Rushed Back from Thigh Problem

Romelu Lukaku underwent further exams on his thigh upon his return to the Appiano Gentile training center after a few days in Belgium. The results were encouraging, but he will stay on the mend for Sunday’s clash against Udinese. The player and the staff hoped he could make the bench, but the risk would be too substantial, SportMediaset reports.

The star striker will take advantage of the upcoming international break to complete his rehab. He will be back for the Roma tilt in early October. At that point, he will have missed six matches due to a thigh pull he suffered in practice following the loss against Lazio.

Coach Simone Inzaghi confirmed the timetable after cruising past Viktoria Plzen in Champions League (via TuttoSport).

“Edin Dzeko played well today, like all his teammates. I need everybody in the back, in the midfield and in the attack. Lukaku will return after the stoppage, and I will decide the attacking pair game by game.”

The coach also praised Francesco Acerbi, who made his Nerazzurri debut Tuesday.

“He was very good, and it wasn’t easy. I know him and he can be very helpful. It’s important to have healthy competition between our players. In the early matches, I proved to them that everybody will be involved and that the XI will rotate. Considering the frequency of the tilts, I need to use all our pieces. The Udinese match will be the fourth one in ten days. I will have to figure out the best lineup for it in a short amount of time.”

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