Thigh injury to Lukaku comes at the worst possible time for Inter. The Nerazzurri played Shakhtar away from home on the 27th. While Conte’s men failed to get the winner again, Romelu picked up a thigh injury reports Gianluca Dimarzio. Thankfully, the Belgian will not be out for too long as it’s a muscle strain. Lukaku is in prolific form scoring seven goals in seven games for the Nerazzurri this season. And Conte has not hesitated to start him in every game of the season so far. As Romelu Lukaku plays a very important role for the Nerazzurri, what happens in his absence?
Inter are having the worst injury crisis in a very long time. All thanks to COVID, a good number of first-team players are always missing. Then there are regular injuries like the one to Lukaku. Inter’s squad depth is not at question here, but should Conte be a little flexible now? Antonio Conte is famous for sticking to his 3-5-2 system no matter what. But with the pioneer of his system out and Lautaro Martinez struggling to find his feet, should Conte change the system?
Inter play Parma on Saturday before travelling to Madrid to play Real who are struggling for form in the Champions League. Lukaku will miss both these games unless he makes a miraculous recovery. If Conte sticks with his system then Perisic or Pinamonti will replace him. But Conte will be hoping with all his heart that he has an in-form Sanchez fit to take Lukaku’s place.
Thigh injury to Lukaku is a test for the rest
There’s absolutely no doubt that Inter are being carried by Lukaku’s form this season. The defence has taken time to settle and Skriniar’s absence is hurting the back three’s structure. Despite this Inter have two clean sheets in the last two games. D’Ambrosio is someone who has stepped up in the times of crisis to play sensible football and Inter need more like him. Martinez will have to step up and so will the rest of the midfield if we want to stay in the hunt for trophies this season. A thigh injury to Lukaku should not be the end of Inter’s title hunt.