Romelu Lukaku makes Chelsea fitness admission ahead of potential Leicester City return



Chelsea’s club record signing Romelu Lukaku could be set to return for the Premier League encounter against Leicester City after the international break if his latest fitness admission is anything to go by.

Lukaku, 28, has been out since suffering an ankle injury in the 4-0 triumph against Malmo in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge in the latter stages of October.

In all fairness, Kai Havertz has filled in relatively well in the Belgian and Timo Werner’s absence as the versatile forward has contributed valuable goal contributions since the duo’s injuries were sustained respectively.

His goals against the Swedish champions in that aforementioned game coupled with the Burnley header and the Newcastle assist showcases just how well the £70million man has done in the face of adversity but there is no doubt that the former Man United striker is needed back immediately.

In that game against Sean Dyche’s outfit alone, Chelsea weren’t able to convert more than once despite having 25 shots and having an expected goals (xG) rate of 2.28.

Countless chances were being wasted by the likes of Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi in this contest, showing just how important it will be for Thomas Tuchel to have his £97.5m man fit and firing for the trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, November 20.

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In the build-up to that specific contest against the most recent FA Cup winners, Lukaku has made an interesting admission on his social media followed by a two-word verdict that will certainly hype up the west London faithful.

On his Twitter account @RomeluLukaku9, he tweeted: “Being on the sideline these last weeks… I realise how much fun it is to just train and compete against other teams!”

This was then followed by the most important part of it all: “Soon though [followed by a battery and clock emoji].”

Tuchel himself was coy on the issue at hand when asked and probed for a possible return date for the player known to many as the next coming of Didier Drogba.

He said in his Burnley pre-match press conference: “To give you any date now, I would have to confirm. We also have the national break now and we will be more clear after that.

“We will use the time, of course, and see what is going on in the second week of the national break.

“If you ask me the question then I can be more precise than now. We have that break and we will use it. He will have treatment every day, the same for Timo and Mateo, to bring them on the pitch as soon as possible.”





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