Injury-plagued Romelu Lukaku will travel with Belgium to the 2022 World Cup

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Martinez named a strong squad that includes Lukaku as well as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. Lukaku, who plays for Inter Milan in Serie A on loan from Premier League club Chelsea, has barely played this year because of a several major injuries including a hamstring strain and a problem with his thigh. The striker's inclusion suggests he could be closer to being match fit than many believed after Martinez previously admitted he would only consider bringing Lukaku if there was a chance he could play in the group stage. "He is not completely fit medically, that is clear, but the last three days has been very positive. We will give Romelu every second to be fit," Martinez said. "At this stage, we feel he will be able to take part in at least one of those three (Group F) games. But we will keep assessing and have up until November 22 to make a decision. "His situation is similar to [Axel] Witsel's in the run-up to the previous European Championship. Or Vincent Kompany's in 2018 [ahead of the World Cup]. It is not an exceptional situation for us. We want him to play as big a role as he can give."

Belgium World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)

Defenders: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Wout Faes (Leicester), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Timothy Castagne (Leicester)

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Amadou Onana (Everton), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Lois Openda (Lens)

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