Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will not be fit for the Belgian national team’s first two group stage matches at the World Cup against Canada and Morocco.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri are hoping that the 29-year-old will not be rushed back into action if he is not ready after those two matches.

Lukaku is working on his recovery from a long-term thigh injury as Belgium head into the start of their World Cup group stage campaign.

The Red Devils play their opener against Canada on Wednesday evening and the Nerazzurri striker certainly will not be fit for that match.

Against Morocco on Belgium’s second group stage match as well, Lukaku will not yet be ready.

Beyond this, it is uncertain if the 29-year-old will be fit for Belgium’s final group stage match against Croatia, and then for any knockout rounds that the team reaches.

In any event, Inter are hoping that Lukaku is only played if there is zero risks to his fitness if he plays.