The Inter star has stayed out of action for the past two months.
Romelu Lukaku is facing a “race against time” to return in time for the Qatar World Cup, according to Belgium’s team doctor Kristof Sas.
Lukaku hoped to regain his best form by moving back to Inter, ending his disastrous second spell at Chelsea.
However, a thigh injury kept him out of Inter’s squad at the beginning of the season. The knock didn’t seem serious at the time, with reports claiming he’d be back in a few weeks.
However, the Belgium international’s prolonged recovery process has cast doubt over his World Cup chances. A new update from Sas reveals Belgium might be preparing to start the competition without him.
Speaking to HLN, he said: “It will be a race against the clock, not to get him medically fit, but at a high level.
“Rhythm is important for every player. On the one hand, players who get injured right before the start of the tournament are much less likely to get fit.
“On the other hand, players who have less rhythm start the tournament at a disadvantage, because normally everyone starts it in the same rhythm.”
The upcoming World Cup seems to be the last opportunity for Belgium to claim a trophy with their “Golden Generation”. Lukaku and co will compete against Canada, Morocco, and Croatia in Group F of the tournament.