Lukaku injury update ahead of Villa match
Chelsea have confirmed that striker Romelu Lukaku completed training on Thursday and is in contention to feature in Saturday’s meeting with Aston Villa.
The Belgian sparked fear among Blues fans by confessing he needed a scan on a long-term thigh injury while away on international duty.
Lukaku’s comments prompted fears that he might be set for a spell on the sidelines, but Chelsea took to their official website to allay those concerns after their penultimate training session of the week.
The 28-year-old showed ‘no signs of discomfort’ as he completed the session, in which he met new team-mate Saul Niguez for the first time.
Saul has been training at the Blues’ Cobham base during the international break, but Thursday’s session was his first chance to link up with returning internationals like Lukaku, Mateo Kovacic, Andreas Christensen, Reece James and Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea chief Petr Cech spoke to the club’s official website about Lukaku’s return to the Stamford Bridge, confessing his excitement towards finally seeing the Belgian at his very best.
“When he moved to Chelsea, he had the disadvantage at that time that Didier Drogba was at the full peak of his form and his ability,” Cech explained. “Didier was scoring goals and we knew exactly how to use him.
“When Romelu arrived at Chelsea, his hold-up game was not the same as it is now, because at Anderlecht he was used to concentrating on running. He would get the ball and kill everybody with speed, power and his finishing. At Chelsea at that time, we used the number nine in a slightly different way for the hold-up play, and also it’s a more challenging league than Belgium.
“He needed a little bit of time to adapt, his career took a different path and he’s been successful everywhere he’s been. Over the years he has obviously improved and you can see when he talks that he was conscious about needing to improve this part of his game.
“And he’s done it, so that is credit to him, and we are delighted to have him back. He knows what he’s coming in to and probably has a little bit of unfinished business here which he can nicely complete if everything goes the way we all wish.
“Everybody’s path is different and it shows that if things are not working at the beginning, you should not dismiss any opportunities or different pathways.”