Earlier this week, hearts dropped at Stamford Bridge when superstar striker Romelu Lukaku went down on the pitch with what looked to be a serious ankle injury.
The Belgian sensation got rolled up on and was down on the turf in serious pain for multiple minutes. Chelsea fans feared it could be a season-ender. However, we now know that's not the case, as it's been announced that Lukaku's ankle sprain isn't as serious as first expected and that he'll be back on the pitch much earlier than originally thought.
Romelu Lukaku can make a comeback earlier than expected for Chelsea after suffering an ankle injury in their win over Malmo in the Champions League, says his agent Federico Pastorello. pic.twitter.com/M2VONNPJ5Y— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) October 22, 2021
The news of his injury status came forward from his agent Federico Pastorello, who also admitted he was quite worried when he watched video of his client's injury.
With that said, Pastorello also said that Lukaku has wasted no time in his rehab. As of now, it's looking like he'll be out for 2-3 weeks, but again, the original fear was that Chelsea would have been without him for much longer.
"He (Lukaku) was on fire, but he is really concentrated and will be focused on his recovery as soon as possible," Pastorello said via Metro UK. "He has his physio at home so he is working hard every evening even before he goes to sleep so if there is a time to come back it will be earlier than planned."
It goes without saying here, but this is an incredible update for Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel. As things stand, Chelsea are hoping to not only defend its Champions League crown, but they're also among the favorites to win the English Premier League. They currently sit in first place of the table, one point ahead of Liverpool.
While Lukaku will miss a stretch of games, it looks like Chelsea FC has dodged a bullet here. Lukaku will undoubtedly work his tail off in his rehab and get back to scoring unreal goals for CFC as soon as possible.