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Romelu Lukaku a doubt for weekend's Manchester derby


Ruled out: Injured Romelu Lukaku
Ruled out: Injured Romelu Lukaku

By Simon Peach

Romelu Lukaku is out of Manchester United's Champions League clash at Juventus tonight with an injury that could also see the striker miss Sunday's derby against Manchester City.

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.

Juventus are sure to provide as tough a proposition as they did in a 1-0 Old Trafford win a fortnight ago - a match that is followed by the eagerly-anticipated trip to swashbuckling Manchester City.

Lukaku has not travelled to Italy due to a 'muscle, tendon' issue that leads manager Jose Mourinho to fear the striker could also absent for the derby.

"Injured for Juventus 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.

Juventus toyed with Mourinho's 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 suggested.

United were particularly poor in the first half, as they have been disconcertingly frequently.

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