A hamstring injury is the opponent you Romelu Lukaku has had to win to be part of the party of Qatar 2022. When it was feared that the Belgian forward would miss the first games, the ‘9’ appeared on the substitute bench for Belgium vs. Morocco.
The hamstring is a group of muscles on the back of the thigh, running from the gluteus to the bottom of the knee. Injuries range from mild, when they are strained and cramping, to breaks that require weeks of recovery.
On August 29, it was learned that Lukaku felt discomfort in his left leg during a training session for Inter Milan. After that, he was away from him for several weeks, until his return on October 26. He played two games and felt again.
A left hamstring strain kept him from playing any game and preparing for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The forecasts were that he would lose the first game against Canada and was doubtful for the second.
– 3 in August / 1 in October
– October 26
It was only last Thursday that he trained for the first time with Belgium, one day after the Belgians’ victory over Canada (1-0). “He is progressing very well. The signs are good, but we’ll see how he reacts in the next training session. I don’t expect him to play tomorrow, unless he trains very, very well today, but not in the starting lineup, “said coach Roberto Martínez.
And so he determined. He did not start, but he appeared on the substitute bench. He was the protagonist with the pre-match harangue, where he proved to be a leader beyond the place he occupies in the match. By the end of the first half he could already be seen doing warm-up work.
With the result against him, there was no alternative but to throw Lukaku onto the field of play. I entered in the 80th minute on the Meunier wing to give more weight to the attack. However, he barely touched the ball three times and could not reverse the story.
Thus, Belgium was complicated in their group. With 3 points, they must beat Croatia on the last date to seek their place in the round of 16 of Qatar 2022.