Chelsea hopes of Romelu Lukaku transfer value boost at World Cup 2022 dealt blow by injury

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The Chelsea striker has played just five times for Inter this season since returning to the Serie A club on loan in the summer.

Belgium are set to be without Lukaku for their Group F games against Canada and Morocco and he faces a race to prove his fitness for their final group fixture against Croatia.

His fitness it leaves Belgium assessing their forward options, with 35-year-old Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi and inexperienced Lens forward Lois Openda in contention to start their opener against Canada at the Al Rayyan Stadium on Wednesday.

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Chelsea are ready to sell Lukaku next summer and had been hoping a good run for the 29-year-old at the World Cup in Qatar could help them recoup some of the £97.5million they spent on him.

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