Manchester United: Latest scans reveal no ligament damage to striker Romelu Lukaku

The Belgium international missed training with his national team but scans confirmed no fracture

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage was diagnosed Reuters

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku handed both his club and the Belgian national team a boost after a scan dispelled fears he had sustained ankle ligament damage.

Lukaku sustained the injury in Saturday's 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, as he continued his stunning scoring form that has seen him fire seven Premier League goals for United in his first seven games for the club, as per the Mirror.

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The star striker fought his way through the comprehensive win over Crystal Palace and it has since emerged the 24-year-old was carrying a problem. Lukaku had suffered a blow in training on Friday but persevered against Palace.

He subsequently scored the final goal and played 90 minutes at Old Trafford. But Lukaku missed training with his national team and sparked fears he could have a more troubling issue, according to the Metro.

The £75m marksman did not train with his Belgian team-mates on Monday as he underwent medical checks, with confirmation of the damage revealed in a statement from the Belgium FA.

"Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage has been diagnosed.

"The next days he will follow an individual training program. It is however too early to state that he won't be match fit for the Bosnia and/or Cyprus game."

The news will be a big boost to United manager Jose Mourinho, who admitted last week that he does not have the option to hand Lukaku a break until Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to full fitness as he battles back from a knee injury.

Those comments may not have been welcomed by United forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who have both stated their eagerness to be given a chance in a central striking role over the last couple of years.

Yet it seems Mourinho is determined to start every game he can with Lukaku as his lead forward and he will hope Belgium manager Roberto Martinez will be cautious with his lead striker ahead of United's crucial Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield on October 14th, as reported by the Independent.

His club and country compatriot Marouane Fellaini (Achilles) also missed training but Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has no concerns, claiming "everyone's fit".