Inter striker Romelu Lukaku is at risk of missing the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with his thigh injury.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that in addition to the Nerazzurri’s final few Serie A matches before the break, he could also be out for Belgium’s first group stage match against Canada.

Lukaku is currently undergoing tests with Belgian national team doctors to determine a feasible timeline for a return to the pitch without risking another reinjury.

The hope had been that the 29-year-old might be fit enough to be back for Inter’s Serie A clashes with Bologna or Atalanta before the break.

However, this now looks unlikely, and moreover the striker’s participation at the start of the World Cup with his country is in doubt.

Lukaku’s availability for Belgium’s group stage opener against Canada is a doubt, although the Red Devils should still likely call the striker up provided he is expected to be back after then.

The priority for both Inter and Belgium is to avoid any risk of reinjury or doing serious physical damage.

For Inter coach Simone Inzaghi, the goal would be to have the Belgian back for January 2023, in the hopes that he is finally both fit and close to top form.