22-Year-Old Forward Everton Premier
Lukaku felt tightness in his hamstring during Tuesday's friendly with Dundee, but manager Roberto Martinez said his removal after 32 minutes was precautionary. "Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," Martinez said. "After the first 25 minutes, he was feeling his legs were a little bit too heavy and we didn't want to take any risks. It's not a problem at all. I think he got a lot of good work between the two games we we've had up here, plus the games we had in Singapore. Now we have got a little period before the weekend to make sure he is ready and refreshed."
Lukaku is by far Everton's top offensive option this season, and his presence at the top of their attack keeps him as a very attractive fantasy option. With the issue not believed to be serious, Lukaku is expected to start the Premier League opener Aug. 8 against Watford at Goodison Park.