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Romelu Lukaku out of final two games, faces fitness race for FA Cup final

The Belgium international will miss the final two Premier League games of the season.

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will miss club’s remaining two Premier League games of the season as he faces fitness race to be back in action for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 19.

Lukaku, 24, was forced off with an ankle complaint during the win over Arsenal in late April and missed last Friday’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Brighton. 

Jose Mourinho confirmed the Belgian will not play against West Ham on Thursday night and Watford on Sunday, but is still aiming to return at Wembley. ‘That’s what we try,’ said the United boss.

The United manager criticised his players in the wake of that game, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial believed to be the individuals singled out for failing to seize their opportunities in Lukaku’s absence.

“Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much,” he said. “People always ask: ‘Why Lukaku?’

“Well now they know why always Lukaku, and why always this player and why always that player. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually.”

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