Roberto Martinez confirms Romelu Lukaku has recovered from ankle injury

Marouane Fellaini

After amassing 19 points from seven league games, United are second in the standings below neighbours Manchester City on goal difference.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is believed to be deeply concerned over suggestions that Belgium will field their star striker Romelu Lukaku in this evening's World Cup 2018 qualification match against Cyprus.

Belgium have already secured their place in Russian Federation next summer after finishing top in Group H and Martinez may opt to rest his first-choice striker against Cyprus.

And Belgium's coach, Roberto Martinez - who brought him to Everton in 2014 - admits he's seen one big change in Lukaku since his summer switch to the Premier League title chasers.

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.

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.




"He's been working on an individual basis, really good work, but we need to keep that in mind".

With a crucial domestic fixture against Liverpool approaching, United boss Jose Mourinho would have been hoping for a positive update on the 24-year-old.

According to the Sun, the Frenchman's ongoing hamstring problems are set to rule him out until the hectic festive fixtures, and "key games against Tottenham and Chelsea and, potentially, the Manchester derby at the start of December".

He has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield while with United, and the 27-year-old lies one appearance short of 250 for the club.

United are already without midfielders Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick for this weekend's trip to Liverpool.

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