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Romelu Lukaku fit to start against Brentford?  Belgian star and Antonio Rudiger doubt after injuries, but N’Golo Kante and Reece James train ahead of Premier League clash

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Chelsea will return to the Premier League this weekend with several injury concerns after the international break.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently at the top of the table after seven games, but face fit Brentford sweating over a number of fitness issues.

Romelu Lukaku was forced to withdraw from the Belgian Nations League squad
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Chelsea entered the October break with a 3-1 win over Southampton with Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic all missing.

And now it looks like Romelu Lukaku has joined the absentees after being pulled from the Belgian squad due to injury.

The former Inter Milan striker was forced to give up the third and fourth Nations League play-offs against Italy on Sunday.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez revealed that Lukaku had to leave the squad due to a muscle problem during his pre-match press conference.

Romelu Lukaku fit to start against Brentford?  Belgian star and Antonio Rudiger doubt after injuries, but N’Golo Kante and Reece James train ahead of Premier League clash
Antonio Rudiger also scared Chelsea after missing internationals like Lukaku
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“Romelu Lukaku suffers from muscle fatigue, like Eden Hazard,” he said.

“They are not in the best conditions to play. They are leaving the national team camp because of these issues – I don’t know how long it will take.

However, there is more positive news on Kante and James following the pair’s return to training at the Blues’ Cobham base.

The former is in contention after missing both the loss to Juventus and the victory over Southampton after testing positive for Covid-19.

James, meanwhile, was unable to join England following an ankle problem, but the right-back also joined Chelsea training on Tuesday.

Romelu Lukaku fit to start against Brentford?  Belgian star and Antonio Rudiger doubt after injuries, but N’Golo Kante and Reece James train ahead of Premier League clash
Kante returns to Cobham’s training ground in Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger missed Germany’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia due to back problems.

But German coach Hansi Flick has allayed any injury fears despite the defender also missing the last training session before this game.

He said: “Antonio Rudiger did not train as a precaution, he received treatment and was doing well today.

“It was a precautionary measure. Final training was more about regeneration anyway. So it was fine for him at the hotel.

Finally, Pulisic remains uncertain for this weekend’s clash against Brentford with the same ankle issue that has kept him away from Team USA this week.

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