Lukaku tipped for Belgium start

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2017

Fellaini's absence is a sore loss for Mourinho, who has shown faith in the midfielder since he was booed by Manchester United fans last season, after giving away a late penalty at Everton in December.

United sit joint top of the League table alongside bitter rivals, Manchester City with Mourinho knowing that City would most likely get a win at home to Stoke, victory is needed in Merseyside to keep pace with the leaders.

Defender Phil Jones, who pulled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania with a knock, was also pictured arriving at the Aon Training Complex in his silver Bentley.

His involvement in the game may frustrate Mourinho as Belgium had already qualified for Russian Federation 2018, as per reports by the Guardian.

They face Cyprus in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, while United travel to Anfield on 14 October.

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The 25-year-old has formed a strong defensive partnership with Eric Bailly this season and Mourinho will be anxious that he makes the weekend trip to Anfield.

The striker has been struggling with an ankle injury and has been unable to train with the rest of the Belgium squad on global duty, but Roberto Martinez says he is now fit.

However, there was better news for United regarding the fitness of Lukaku as Martinez also confirmed that the striker is considered fit and available for selection.

The Red Devils won an epic worldwide match 4-3 but having already qualified, Jose Mourinho can say with some accuracy that his player should not have been involved. United have six games including playing Benfica in Lisbon in their third Champions League group match four days after facing J├╝rgen Klopp's team.

The in-form midfielder joins record signing Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick in United's treatment room.

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