Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will miss Belgium’s clash with Italy in Turin to determine who finishes third in the Uefa Nations League final four tournament on Sunday with “muscle overloads”, coach Roberto Martinez said.
Having lost to France in their Nations League semifinal on Thursday, Belgium face European champions Italy in the Juventus Stadium and will have to try to secure third spot without the pair ranked first and second in their all-time goalscoring list.
“Romelu Lukaku is suffering from muscle overload, the same as Eden Hazard,” Martinez told a news conference on Saturday.
“They’re not in best conditions to play. They’re leaving the national team camp due to these problems – I don’t know how long it will take for them to recover.”
Martinez also said Lukaku will be returning to Belgium rather than his club Chelsea for now, and insisted there is no problem with the striker heading home first.