CHELSEA have been dealt a cruel injury blow after Romelu Lukaku limped off in the first-half of the Champions League clash with Malmo.
The woefully out-of-form Belgian, 28, had hoped to rekindle his magic against the Swedish minnows.
But Lukaku picked up what looked to be an ankle injury after getting tangled up with Malmo ace Lasse Nielsen.
In a desperate attempt to stop the Blues forward in his tracks, Nielsen lunged in, only to get himself in all sorts of trouble.
The Danish star wrapped his legs around Lukaku, who crumpled to the turf with his ankle pinned.
The former Inter Milan star won a penalty, but failed to get up.
Eventually, Lukaku trudged off the pitch, replaced by Kai Havertz.
Jorginho converted the penalty to make it 2-0, after Andreas Christensen had given Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.
Thomas Tuchel will have everything crossed Lukaku’s knock is not too serious with the Blues going strong in their quest to win a first Premier League title since 2016-17.
Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League after eight games.
Many believed the West Londoners were just an elite centre-forward away from clinching the league.
But Lukaku has largely struggled since completing his £97.5million return.
The Belgian hasn’t scored for the Blues in over a month, when he netted the winner against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.
Tuchel has claimed Lukaku is simply ‘mentally tired’ having been ‘overplayed’.
But Italy legend Antonio Cassano reckons the striker is simply a poor fit for the Blues.
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