Injury expert shares 'explosive' verdict after Lukaku images emerge at Chelsea
Chelsea will only know for certain whether Romelu Lukaku is ready to return to play once he has demonstrated “explosive” movement.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Lukaku has missed the European champions’ last four matches after sustaining an ankle sprain against Malmo at the start of the month.
As quoted by football.london on 9 November, manager Thomas Tuchel revealed: “We will be more clear after the international break.”
And the Belgium centre-forward was pictured by the club’s medical team back in training on 15 November.
Dinnery predicts that it is very likely that the £97.5million summer signing will play some part against Leicester City on Saturday.
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But the injury guru explained that Chelsea will only be sure once the 28-year-old has proved he is capable of dynamic movement in training.
“I would absolutely think he’ll be back this weekend,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I know he has been involved in straight-line running. We don’t know whether there have been any explosive or dynamic movements, however.
“Those are the moments when you have a true idea of how that ankle will cope. But I don’t think there is too much to worry about.
“Thomas Tuchel has always said he was targetting game week 12. That has always been the plan.
“There were discussions before the international break about whether he could join up with Belgium.
“Obviously, the decision was taken not to do that. But everything has aligned now and I would think he will be back in the matchday squad on Saturday.“