World Cup 2018: Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku fit after missing victory over England as Manchester United ace ...

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World Cup 2018: Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku fit after missing victory over England as Manchester United ace ...

By Adam Storer29th June 2018, 6:38 pmUpdated: 29th June 2018, 7:21 pm

ROMELU LUKAKU has been declared fit to face Japan after missing Belgium's victory over England.

The Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez told reporters that the striker will be available, following his recovery from an ankle problem picked up against Tunisia.

Romelu Lukaku will return to the Belgium line-up for their knockout stage clash with Japan

The Spaniard said: "Lukaku is fully fit."

The Belgium forward started brilliantly at the World Cup, grabbing four goals in the opening two matches.

But the Manchester United ace was taken off on the hour mark against Tunisia, complaining of an ankle problem.

While Lukaku was forced to miss the game against England, Martinez was pleased with the strength in depth that he has in the squad.

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Like the Three Lions, Belgium made wholesale changes to their starting line-up on Thursday, with just Thibaut Courtois and Dedryck Boyata the other players to keep their place from the Tunisia win.

Thomas Vermaelen was among those to see their first action on the tournament, having been returning from injury.

But Martinez hopes he will be at full fitness for their clash against Japan on Monday, despite getting a black eye against England.

And the Spaniard added that Vincent Kompany was fit after his 20-minute cameo against the Three Lions, but was unsure if he is match ready for their last 16 crunch match.

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen started against England for his first action of the World Cup
Vincent Kompany also returned to the pitch, coming on with 20 minutes to go
Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium

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