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Injury likely to keep Lukaku on the sidelines for now, admits Martinez

By Rory Dollard

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku looks set to miss the World Cup clash against England in Kaliningrad tonight.

The Manchester United ace is still battling to shake off an ankle injury suffered during the Group G victory over Tunisia.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said: "He had a really difficult knock against Tunisia and tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think it is going to take any longer.

"We had very good news on the scan. There was no further damage, but it is still uncomfortable. I don't think he will be training today, and I think we will make a final assessment tonight in order for him to be involved or not. At the moment, it is still in (the) recovery phase."

Both sides have 100% records in the competition so far, and Martinez voiced his admiration for England.

"What I see is that Gareth Southgate has brought all his success from Under-21 level and has developed an England culture," Martinez said at a pre-match press conference.

"I think there is a clear structure, there has been a real tactical awareness, there has been a change of system to go into different qualifying games.

"They have found a system that suits this generation. There is a youth about them, an energy, a belief and a real desire."

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