Everton striker wishes his international rival well after World Cup injury lay-off

Romelu Lukaku haas been wishing his 'big brother' Christian Benteke well on social media.

For the second time in recent weeks a star player has been sending his best wishes to a competitor ahead of the World Cup finals.

When Victor Valdes suffered a serious knee injury recently it became instantly apparent that he would be out of action for well beyond the World Cup - giving David De Gea the chance to go to Brazil in his place.

But the Manchester United man was quick to wish him a speedy recovery rather than find jubilation in his competitor’s misfortune.

And today it was the turn of Romelu Lukaku to show such humility.

The Belgian striker, on loan from Chelsea at Everton, is one of two candidates to lead the line for his country this summer - the other being Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke.

Benteke suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training yesterday - giving Lukaku free reign of the starting place.

But Lukaku has been wishing his national team rival well on Instagram after hearing about his compatriot’s hardship…


Be strong my big brother. I hope very much that you will come back stronger than before .. We are all with you! @ christianbenteke25

It does however mean Lukaku is likely to go into the tournament as the undisputed starting striker - with the competition from Benteke now no more.

But much like De Gea, he would have enjoyed to earn this security in different circumstances.

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