The Inter Milan homepage confirmed Lukaku had a stretch injury in his left thigh and is being treated in Milan. The Belgian striker is unlikely to play in the match against Parma in Serie A this weekend.

Football-italia even left the possibility of Lukaku open in the Champions League match against Real Madrid in the middle of next week. This is bad news for Inter when Lukaku is playing all 5 of the 6 Nerazzurri’s games since the beginning of the season. The only match Lukaku left the field early was a 5-2 victory over Benevento in the first round of Serie A.

Lukaku scored 7 goals in 7 games for Inter this season in Serie A and Champions League. The Belgian is the most important factor in Inter’s style in the context of Lautaro Martinez playing relatively voluptuous while Christian Eriksen is still trying to integrate with Italian football environment.

Inter are fourth in Serie A this season with 10 points after 5 matches, 4 points behind the top team Milan. In the Champions League, despite meeting two underrated opponents M’Gladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk in the first two rounds, Inter only got 2 points and will have to play with Real Madrid next week to gain advantage. So in the race to win tickets to continue in Group B.

This weekend, Inter met with Parma on 1 November. Andrea Pinamonti is expected to replace Lukaku to pair with Lautaro Martinez on the strike of the blue-black striped shirt team.