Injured Romelu Lukaku doubtful for Manchester derby

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku could miss the Manchester derby at the weekend after he was not named in the squad for Wednesday’s trip to Juventus.

The 25-year-old Belgian was dropped to the bench for the match against Everton two weeks ago and then missed the win at Bournemouth because of an injury.

Lukaku’s form has been under the spotlight recently amid claims he has failed to live up to the level expected of a big money centre forward at Old Trafford, but the former Everton man won’t get the chance to prove his doubters wrong this weekend. Most betters are using their Unibet bonus code to back a place on the bench for the misfiring forward.

“He’s injured for tomorrow, I’m not sure for Sunday,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.

Lukaku has only scored four goals in 14 matches for United this season.

The last of those came in the 2-1 win at Watford on 15 September.

Following the previous Champions League game against Juventus, two weeks ago, Mourinho said that the Belgian had been lacking in confidence but that “the goals will arrive”. He was relegated to the bench for the following match, against the Toffees.

Meanwhile, right-back Antonio Valencia has returned to the squad for Wednesday’s encounter having not played since the start of October following mouth surgery.

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