Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea striker leaves Belgium camp due to 'muscle fatigue'

Roberto Martinez, head coach of Belgium, says Romelu Lukaku is out of the team because he has "muscle fatigue".
Lukaku, the Chelsea striker, will not be able to attend Sunday's Nations League third-place playoff against Italy in Turin. It will be live on Sky Sports.

The 28-year old scored Belgium's second goal, and played all 90 minutes of their semi-final loss to France 3-2 on Thursday.

Use Chrome browser to access a better video player. Highlights from the UEFA Nations League semifinal between France and Belgium

Use Chrome browser to access a better video player Lukaku had given Belgium an advantage of 2-0 at half-time

Chelsea leads the Premier League table with seven games remaining. They will be next at Brentford on October 16th, live on Sky Sports.

Brentford

Chelsea Saturday 16 October, 5:00pm Kickoff 5:30pm

Lukaku initially chose to return to Belgium for medical treatment, rather than to his club team.

It's overwhelming. He wasn't feeling 100% to play tomorrow. Martinez spoke out about Belgium's record goal scorer at a pre-match press conference.

"Every decision made involves both medical and legal departments together for the benefit of the player."

Lukaku, who was sold by Inter Milan for a club record 97.5m to Chelsea in the summer, rejoined Chelsea and scored four goals in nine matches for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Live UEFA Nations League Sunday, October 10, 1:55pm

Live on Sky Sports Football, watch Italy vs Belgium in the Nations League third place play-off. It starts at 1:55pm.

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