Romelu Lukaku is not likely to return to the pitch for Inter in any of the matches before the World Cup break.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the 29-year-old’s fitness will not be risked in view of his participation in the World Cup with Belgium.

Lukaku was confirmed yesterday to have picked up a knock in the form of aggravating the thigh strain that he had missed two months recovering from during the second half of Inter’s Serie A clash with Sampdoria.

It is not yet known how serious the new injury is or how long it will take the Belgian to recover from.

Tests early next week should reveal when the 29-year-old can return, and it is not anticipated that it will be too long.

However, Lukaku is determined to play for the Belgian national team at the upcoming World Cup which starts in just a few weeks.

Accordingly, the striker is not only certain to miss this evening’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and next Sunday’s Serie A match against Juventus.

Rather, it will likely be January before the Belgian is again seen on the pitch for Inter.