Concern eased over Lukaku injury

6 August  50 Comments  [Jump to last]
Romelu Lukaku required stitches to a heel wound today, easing fears he had suffered a more serious problem in the friendly against Espanyol.

The Belgian striker went down clutching his ankle in the second half following an aerial challenge and was substituted among a number of other planned changes from manager Ronald Koeman.

Lukaku limped down the tunnel to receive treatment on the injury, a worrying sight with the new Premier League season just seven days away and Arouna Kone as the only recognized senior striker in the squad.

Koeman revealed after the match that Lukaku had three stitches to close the cut and that his injury was "not serious" and that he expects him to be ready for next weekend's clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

"It is his heel," Koeman told the Liverpool Echo. "There was a lot of blood on his ankle and and he had had three stitches. Normally he is not a doubt [for next weekend]."

Lukaku had been active as the main striker against the Spanish side and forced a good save from the visiting goalkeeper with a curling shot in the first half.

A less accurate left-foot shot from the left side of the area missed high and wide as his last attacking contributor before he came off.

The game, Everton's last friendly of pre-season, was a disappointing affair settled early on by a penalty, conceded by the otherwise promising Idrissa Gueye who was making his first appearance since signing from Aston Villa.


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Daniel Lawrence
1 Posted 06/08/2016 at 16:43:58
Shame our transfer window never opened.
Denis Richardson
2 Posted 06/08/2016 at 16:46:24
Damn, that's the 75m gone then.
Steve Bingham
4 Posted 06/08/2016 at 16:49:09
Chelsea can have him for £72 mill now then .
Paul Kennedy
5 Posted 06/08/2016 at 16:49:29
No great loss. He was useless.
Kevin Rowlands
6 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:01:01
My concern is that we now won't be able to sell the useless lump, fifteen straight games for Everton, ZERO goals, 75 million? my arse, i'd be happy to get our money back. I've said it before and i'll repeat it, the most overrated player to EVER play for the club, please Chelsea fucking take him off our hands.
Jay Harris
7 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:09:14
Apparently its an achilles tendon.

Lets hope its not too serious no matter what you view is of the big useless lump.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:10:21
Pre-season has been a rather uninspiring affair. 1 signing and 2 losses, 2draws against any decent opposition. Inglorious start to new era though I suppose the real start is next weekend...
Eric Myles
9 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:11:39
Bollocks, I had him in as a starter in my Fantasy League team as well.

Bit suss though, injured before an ongoing transfer drama.

Joe Edwards
10 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:16:50
He won't be staying after that display, Lukaku was uninterested and pedestrian, I've seen better movement from Steven Hawkins than Lukaku. I would deffo play Geri up front, he was also ineffective today.

It's going to be a long long season going by this display... Koeman must be as worried as us.

Michael Polley
11 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:18:42
FFS!!! Let's hope it's not serious. The thought of Kone playing up front frightens me...
Richard Reeves
12 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:18:43
He'll be fine; he's probably on the internet now looking for the concerned response of supporters.
Simon Bates
13 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:18:44
He is probably not even injured; he's more than likely grabbed our offer, but is keeping his options open. He doesn't want to upset Chelsea, his supposed boyhood club, will wait till January to see where we are, then start gobbing off again if we're not up there, despite how many sitters he'll have missed.

It's the easy option which our lazy superstar was always going to opt for, it appears to be his nature!!!

Ste Wallace
15 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:44:40
Just take the effin money and be done with it.
Phil Walling
16 Posted 06/08/2016 at 17:52:01
Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. Rather than continuing to wait on his sale, RK will be forced to find cover for Lukaku in time to open the season.

The alternatives of Kone or Del Boy up front are too frightening to mention. The powers that be, both management and directors, have now got to move their lazy arses and put a team together.

That's unless 40 points is still the limit of ambition !

Steve Cotton
17 Posted 06/08/2016 at 18:07:10
We still need a proper no 10... we have no creativity. The RS have got 5 and guess what they are 1 nil up against Barca
Kevin Rowlands
18 Posted 06/08/2016 at 18:08:20
Excellent news it's not serious, now let's ship him out, bring in Bony and Javier Hernandez, huge profit and a much more dangerous and better team going forward, it's a win win for us, do it Ronnie!
Joe Foster
19 Posted 06/08/2016 at 18:27:51
Thank fuck for that. Now let's sell the bugger.
Franny Porter
20 Posted 06/08/2016 at 18:38:49
Now I know selling him would probably leave us in the lurch short term, but I can't wait for us to (inevitably) sell him.

I've never really taken to him, in my eyes he's one of the laziest I've seen, he's vastly over rated, his finishing is shit and his Dad's a prick.

Bill Griffiths
22 Posted 06/08/2016 at 19:32:49
Though I have my doubts as to him ever coming good for us he certainly wasn't as bad today as many are making out here on TW. There were far worse players on the pitch than him.

Let's see what Koeman can do with him.

Steve Glover
23 Posted 06/08/2016 at 21:20:34
We're fucked then. Kone up front it is. Lukaku won't man-up for us and play if he's only 80 percent fit.

I really don't understand what's going on behind the scenes at the moment...

Daniel A Johnson
24 Posted 06/08/2016 at 22:29:37
Just look at Lukaku and Pogba.

Both at big clubs but both wanting moves and as a result both careers are now in limbo.

The only common denominator is the agent Mino Raiola. He has a lot to answer for but I don't think he cares one jolt as he's guaranteed a big payday with these two.

Matt Garen
25 Posted 06/08/2016 at 23:00:20
Daniel you're not far wrong there. One plays for a top European team that consistently win domestic titles and European cups. The other is ..
Steve Bingham
26 Posted 07/08/2016 at 04:24:15
Okay people, here we go...

A mate of mine teaches over the water and one of his pupils has a grandmother or aunt or some such female relative who works in the kitchen at Finch Farm. So, anyway, apparently the word on the turf is that, as soon as young Mr Stones departs for Man City (may I add, IMO, he has conducted himself in an absolutely exemplary fashion) then that will start a domino effect style transfer melee which will see anything up to five possibly six new quality players arriving at the club.

So, eg, Bony in, which in turn will trigger Lukaku to Chelsea, thus allowing Witsel in on a big deal (because Lukaku has a clause which states that he must earn equal money to the highest earner) and so forth etc... etc...

This way enables the club to generate the maximum from the two sales before increasing the wage structure and also improving the quality of the squad in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible. A sort of "two out but four in" good deal thing.

Andy Meighan
27 Posted 07/08/2016 at 04:31:09
Injury concern? Why would Lukaku being injured be a concern? He downed tools in January anyway and has made it plain he doesn't want to play for us. I'd happily take £30 million for him.

And to think there's posters on here begging him to stay Like he really will pull his tripe out next season when no one comes in for him. Get real. The arrogant prick thinks he's above us.

I can't wait to see the back of him. He's never uttered a good word about this club. This club, by the way, who were the only ones willing to pay the vastly inflated fee for him. See you soon, big head.

Dave Lynch
28 Posted 07/08/2016 at 04:48:33
Well he'd better get a move on Steve cos the season starts next week.

She didn't read the tea leaves and see all this did she?

Tony Draper
29 Posted 07/08/2016 at 05:19:49
Steve @26.

Thanks for sharing this solid information from such a plainly reliable source. I shall sleep more soundly in my bed tonight on the basis of these facts *cough*.

Duncan McDine
31 Posted 07/08/2016 at 07:26:05
It's a good job that the dinner-lady knows all about the intricate transfer plans at Everton, because it seems no one else does!

Koeman was hoping to have more fresh faces in this past week and still nothing. It seems we are just as ill-prepared as any other season in recent history.

John Audsley
32 Posted 07/08/2016 at 08:17:12
Yes Steve @26

That all sounds very reliable, now this info is out I expect a sudden cull of ancient dinner ladies at Finch Farm.

Considering we are now better off this is possibly the hardest transfer window for fans to understand since the idea was established.

Ben Dyke
33 Posted 07/08/2016 at 08:22:31
I'm putting my faith in the dinner lady. Stones to leave this week and trigger a whole load of moves, leaving us with a whole new 11 for Saturday!
Dave Lynch
34 Posted 07/08/2016 at 08:44:33
It's on SSN now:

'Everton dinner lady reveals secret transfer strategy.'

Koeman stated, "That's the last time I tell her anything for an extra scoop of chips."

Peter Carpenter
35 Posted 07/08/2016 at 08:55:07
This dinner lady stuff is just pie in the sky. She would never spill the beans. She simply told Rom he could have his cake and eat it.
Paul Kelly
36 Posted 07/08/2016 at 09:17:25
Mr Bingham, appreciate the info but maybe next time start with.."I heard..." Or..."word on the grapevine is..." Instead of (my interpretation), "Somebody I know works where that ferry goes and some spotty little scrote he sees between the hours of 9-3 o'clock relative (a Doris maybe or a deep fat fryer) is situated in the blues canteen no less, and heard when Hibbo was hitting the trans fats really hard that..."
Paul Kelly
37 Posted 07/08/2016 at 09:23:24
Sorry, should of said "FREE trans fats". If you know where I'm coming from.
James Hughes
38 Posted 07/08/2016 at 09:56:39
I am going to have to take Steve's (#27) rumour with a pinch of salt as I doubt that dinner lady knows her onions.
Phil Walling
39 Posted 07/08/2016 at 10:24:18
I think we should take the 'dinner lady story' as absolute gen! I heard almost the same scenario from a totally pissed Man City supporter whilst queuing for the bogs of the Pafos Sports Bar last night. He said his name was Ernie and was Frannie Lee's second cousin!

How can TWO such solid sources be wrong?

Stan Schofield
40 Posted 07/08/2016 at 10:32:14
Phil @39: Yes, we should take the dinner lady info seriously, because it's just as reliable as every other bit of transfer rumour we've been discussing on TW recently, and all that seems to have been taken seriously.
Steve Boardman
42 Posted 07/08/2016 at 12:20:38
To be fair to the dinner lady, she got it right when she leaked the story about Catterick selling Alan Ball but we never took her seriously...
Phil Walling
43 Posted 07/08/2016 at 12:49:46
Sir John Moores sacked her for not telling him!
Jack Convery
44 Posted 07/08/2016 at 14:45:56
They'll batter her if they can identify her for letting this top secret info out into the open.

I wonder if she can cook Hart – I know that's offal.
Will EFC players start to pull their tripe out?
Who cooks the books these days?
Will EFC fans boil over if the season gets off to a slow start?
Can the dinner lady debony a lamb shank?
Can she cure Roms eel

Someone else can have a go now!

Brian Williams
46 Posted 07/08/2016 at 16:15:22
Get yer coat, Jack!
Mick Davies
47 Posted 07/08/2016 at 16:20:12
"And Arouna Kone as the only recognized senior striker in the squad"

What's happened to Tarashaj – is he not a member of the squad?

Jay Harris
48 Posted 07/08/2016 at 16:31:40
The beans have been well and truly spilt now, Jack.
Brent Stephens
49 Posted 07/08/2016 at 16:52:46
Mick, interesting question. On EFC official website I can't see Tarashaj under any squad, 1st, U23, U18! And Gibson is listed in the U23s!
Chris Wilson
50 Posted 07/08/2016 at 17:16:07
Official website also still lists Steven Pienaar, but with no number.
Mick Davies
51 Posted 07/08/2016 at 18:20:41
Brent @ 49, very Strange. I believed he was ready to join the ranks
Brent Stephens
52 Posted 07/08/2016 at 18:27:58
Mick, he was on the bench yesterday, so baffling. I guess he had a number!
Paul Setter
53 Posted 07/08/2016 at 19:39:34
Please hurry up and sell this overrated camel, I'm fed up with his attitude.
Michael Kenrick
54 Posted 07/08/2016 at 19:51:58
Strange that in the Official Site's lineups for the game yesterday, Tarashaj is listed among the subs but with Shirt â„– 2...

Shome mishtake shurely.

Alan J Thompson
55 Posted 08/08/2016 at 06:10:24
Michael(#54), Shorn Canary, innit?
Les Martin
56 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:47:53
Stones gone, Williams in and probably Kone in soon. Lukaku will be the next to leave for Chelsea despite our rebuffs, the player wants to go,with Remy and Bergovic as make weight.

Bony will come from City, Bolasie from Palace. Add to that another midfield play maker and Ron has done his business, and very exciting business I would add!

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