By Ben Dinnery

30th Oct, 2021 | 7:45am

Injury expert issues shattering Lukaku verdict after analysing Chelsea footage

Romelu Lukaku will likely be out of action for Chelsea for up to four weeks if he has suffered a high-ankle sprain.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Lukaku limped off after injuring himself in the process of winning a penalty in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Malmo on 20 October.

The Blues lost fellow striker Timo Werner to a hamstring problem in the same fixture.

Thomas Tuchel was cryptic on the severity of Lukaku’s setback, telling the club’s media team on 23 October: “It makes no sense to go into speculation.”

Dinnery’s expert opinion is that the Belgian superstar could be sidelined until late November.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “As with any injury, there is potential for serious secondary underlying issues.

“That’s just part and parcel of the game. For the majority of injuries, they heal as expected.

“Looking at video footage of the mechanism of injury, it looks like a mid to high-ankle sprain.

“A high ankle sprain can double your return-to-play timeline as opposed to a typical ankle sprain. It can be three or four weeks for a high-ankle sprain.

“More often than not, there will be no major issues with the recovery.

“If we look back over his last eight or nine seasons, we see he has an availability rate of about 94 per cent. He never picks up anything serious.

“Three of his top five injuries relate to the ankle, but I don’t think that is anything to really worry about.”

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