Belgium were dealt an injury scare against Tunisia in Brussels last night, when Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku limped off in the last few minutes with an apparent ankle problem.
The Red Devils narrowly came out on top with a 1-0 win in their final warm-up game before the World Cup thanks to a late-winner from Dries Mertens, after the match was delayed for 45 minutes due to a severe hail storm.
It was the injury to star man Lukaku, however, which was the major talking point, although manager Marc Wilmots has since insisted the 21-year-old will be fine to face Algeria in the side’s opening game of the tournament on June 17.
Lukaku has spent the past two years on loan, at West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively, helping the latter to a fifth-place Premier League finish last season with 15 goals in 31 games.
Having reportedly grown frustrated with being overlooked by his parent club, the youngster is now searching for an exit from Chelsea and sees the platform of the World Cup as a the perfect chance to orchestrate a move away from Stamford Bridge.
With Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke ruled out this summer due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, Lukaku is set to lead the line upfront for Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ in Brazil, as the side return for their first major international tournament since the 2002 World Cup.
Lukaku is already reportedly being courted by Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton themselves, and would likely see an increase on his £25million asking price should he impress this summer.