Chelsea gaffer Thomas Tuchel has revealed striker Romelu Lukaku is back in the squad set to take on fellow London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi finals, set to take place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The German tactician confirmed the latest development in a pre-match press conference in the saga involving the Belgian hitman – who was dropped from the Blues squad in their 2-2 draw with Merseyside outfit Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last weekend, after he had given an unauthorized interview with Sky Sport Italia last month.
Lukaku has been under the spotlight in recent days – negatively dominating the headlines, after the interview with Sky Sport Italia was subsequently released on New Year’s Eve and following crisis talks between the player, the coach and the club, things now seem to be progressing with his involvement in training.
Speaking during a presser ahead of the crunch EFL Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel revealed: “Romelu Lukaku apologized and he’s back in the squad. For me was important to understand that it was not intentional from Romelu. This is not as big as people want it to be – it’s not small but we can stay calm and accept his apologies. There are zero doubts to Romelu Lukaku’s commitment to the team. He is very committed. That’s why it so was so surprising. He never created any problem, he’s very emotional guy. I hope the supporters can take this also and support the team. It’s time to move on.”
Lukaku who arrived at the club for a second stint in his career last summer for a club-record fee of 97.5 million pounds, will be looking to make up for his recent outbursts when he takes to the pitch against the Lilywhites – knowing that only a good performance (goals) will go a long way in satisfying the fans and earning their respect.