Romelu Lukaku has left the Belgian squad due to “muscle fatigue”, said head coach Roberto Martinez.
Chelsea striker Lukaku to miss Nations League third play-off against Italy in Turin on Sunday, live Air sports.
The 28-year-old scored Belgium’s second goal and played the full 90 minutes of their 3-2 semi-final loss to France on Thursday.
Chelsea, who lead the Premier League table after the opening seven games, will be next in action at Brentford on October 16, live Air sports.
Lukaku first returned to Belgium rather than to his club for medical treatment.
“It’s an overload. He didn’t feel 100% to play tomorrow. It’s a pain in his tissues,” Martinez said of the Belgian goal record holder at a press conference before. match Saturday.
“Every decision made involves the two medical services together for the benefit of the player.”
Lukaku joined Chelsea this summer for a record £ 97.5million from Inter Milan and has since scored four goals in nine appearances in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
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