Romelu Lukaku is out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at Juventus tonight with a “muscle, tendon” injury. After coming from behind to sneak a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, United have made their way to Turin as they look to kick-start their push for the last 16.
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However, Lukaku has not travelled to Italy for the match as he struggles with the issue that leads manager Jose Mourinho to fear the striker could also absent for the derby against Manchester City this weekend.
“Injured for tomorrow and we don’t know for Sunday,” the United manager said on the eve of Wednesday’s Group H encounter- a game when the Belgian’s ability would come in handy, despite his nine-match scoreless club run.
Elsewhere, right-back Antonio Valencia has returned to the squad for the encounter having not played since the start of October following mouth surgery.
Juventus toyed with the Reds when the sides met at Old Trafford, with Paulo Dybala’s 17th-minute effort securing a win far more one-sided than the 1-0 scoreline suggests, and Mourinho will be hoping for revenge.