Manchester United fans can rest easy; star striker Romelu Lukaku has somehow come through the international break unscathed.
Injuries elsewhere on the pitch left United fans on tenterhooks as Belgium hosted Cyprus in World Cup qualifying action on Tuesday night.
Midfield pair Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are currently sidelined. Pogba’s hamstring injury occurred in the Champions League, but it was Fellaini’s aliment that caused particular consternation. Fellaini’s compatriot Kevin de Bruyne blasted the conditions the Belgian team were forced to play under on Saturday away to Bosnia, on a disfigured pitch upon which Fellaini injured his knee.
Naturally, Jose Mourinho and all affiliated were set to watch tonight’s game with Cyprus from behind the couch, as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was keen to play Lukaku despite the forward carrying a knock on his ankle.
Sensibly, Martinez only sent on the 24-year-old with just 25 minutes to go, although the need to do so was questionable given that they were 3-0 up over the Cypriots. All went swimmingly, however.
It took Lukaku barely twelve minutes to contribute to the scoresheet. The £75m man received a long ball from Axel Witsel, before brushing aside the last man back in Giorgios Merkis like he wasn’t even there.
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) October 10, 2017
The finish capped off Lukaku’s fifth goal in his last three games for Belgium, and also leaves him just six goals away from becoming country’s all time top scorer with 25 goals at the age of 24.
Lukaku has 16 goals in 13 appearances for club and country this season. In fact, he's only failed to score in one game he's played in. pic.twitter.com/AjUMykdtFX
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) October 10, 2017
Ultimately, a tense international break has given way to a continuation of an extraordinary run of form that bodes well for the all-important clash between Manchester United and Liverpool this coming weekend.