Chelsea have been dealt a major setback as star attacker Romelu Lukaku withdrew from the Belgium squad due to muscle tiredness ahead of their UEFA Nations League third-place playoff game in 2021.
Lukaku kicked off the international break with a goal against France in the Nations League semi-final. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, on the other hand, has stated that the 28-year-old attacker has left the camp and will return to Chelsea to heal. Martinez stated, "
"Romelu Lukaku, like Eden Hazard, is suffering from muscle weariness. They're not in ideal playing conditions. Due to these issues, they're leaving the national team camp; I'm not sure how long that will take."
Since his club-record £97.5 million summer transfer from Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku has been Chelsea's main striker. The 28-year-old striker has started his second spell at Chelsea well, scoring four goals in nine games across all competitions.
The Blues, on the other hand, must now wait with bated breath as they realize the gravity of Lukaku's injury. It's unclear whether he'll be fit for their Premier League match against Brentford on October 16th.
If Lukaku is unable to play in that match, Chelsea will have to rely on Timo Werner once more. Just before the international break, the 25-year-old forward scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Chelsea's 3-1 triumph over Southampton.
Chelsea need their star players in a closely contested title race
In one of the most competitive Premier League title chases in recent memory, Chelsea will need all of its players to be available. Chelsea is currently leading the Premier League table with 16 points after seven games. Their opponents, on the other hand, are all within striking distance of the league leaders.
In second place, Liverpool is a point behind Chelsea, while both Manchester clubs are two points back in third.
Chelsea has a reasonably easy run ahead of them in the Premier League over the next several months. In October, the Blues will face Brentford, Norwich City, and Newcastle United, with Burnley, Leicester City, and Manchester United following in November.
If Chelsea achieves the desired outcomes in those games, they will be able to expand their lead in the Premier League table.
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