BELGIUM’S crocked record scorer Romelu Lukaku is expected to miss at least their first two World Cup games.
The Inter Milan striker, 29, is still recovering from a thigh injury suffered in August.
Striker Romelu Lukaku is tipped to miss Belgium’s first two World Cup group matches, against Canada and Morocco this monthGetty
And Lukaku missed the squad’s first public training session.
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But he is Belgium’s top goal-getter ever with 68 goals.
And Martinez is counting on his team easing through to the knockout stages, when Lukaku should be fully fit.
Presuming he does return, Lukaku is likely to be used as Belgium’s sole out-and-out frontman, with playmaker Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne just behind him.
Belgium’s aging superstars are still tipped to be World Cup contenders.
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But a 2-1 defeat against Egypt in their last warm-up game suggested once more they are not the force they have been in recent years.
First opponents Canada are aiming to follow up their surprise qualification – reaching their first World Cup since 1986 by shocking Belgium.
And they have high-profile performers in Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David.