Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has expressed his frustration after both injury and Covid-19 derailed the first five months of his long-awaited comeback at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea from Inter last summer in a big transfer worth £ 97.5 million. But after hitting the ground with four goals in as many matches, the Belgian national team player had to endure a seven-match period before he sprained his ankle in the Champions League group game against Malmö at the end of October.
That injury kept him out until the end of November, when he returned to the first team action of Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel. But his rehabilitation was interrupted by an attack by Covid in mid-December.
Lukaku has returned from the last setback with two goals and an assist in consecutive matches and looks back on his best.
But in an interview with Sky Sports Italy to be broadcast on Friday, December 31, Lukaku expressed his frustration over his overwhelming start to life at Chelsea and how he struggled somewhat to adapt to Tuchel’s system – although it is worth noting that it is not clear when the exact interview was conducted.
Asked how he was doing, the striker said: “Physically I feel good, even better than before. After two years in Italy, where I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and dietitians, I feel physically good.
“But I’m not happy with the situation, this is normal. I think the coach has chosen to play with another module, I just do not have to give up and continue working and be professionals. I’m not happy with the situation, but I’m a worker and I must not give up. “
The “situation” Lukaku is referring to is almost certainly his lack of goals and the long injury layoff, and although he is honest about his slow adaptation to Tuchel’s tactics, it’s obvious that this is not meant to be a tad for his manager. – as generally reported elsewhere.
Lukaku has previously admitted that he has had talks with Tuchel about his role, but with number nine back and shooting on all cylinders, there is probably nothing to worry about for the Chelsea supporters.
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