Manchester United have received a boost prior to their Premier League showdown with Liverpool on Saturday after in-form striker Romelu Lukaku was passed fit for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Cyprus on Tuesday.
Lukaku, who has scored 15 goals for club and country this season, was a doubt for Belgium’s final qualifier after being ruled out of Saturday’s Group H clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina with an ankle injury.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has declared Lukaku “100 per cent fit” in a tonic for United manager Jose Mourinho who is already without midfielders Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini for the Anfield tussle.
Martinez’s side have already secured their place at next year’s World Cup, although there are a number of qualification issues still to be resolved. Holland have to beat second-placed Sweden, who trail group leaders France by a point, by seven goals to reach the play-offs.
Reigning European champions Portugal, who are second in Group B, are already assured of a spot in the play-offs but face a crunch match against Switzerland in Lisbon as they bid beat them to top spot.