Chelsea have omitted Romelu Lukaku from their squad for the game against Liverpool on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
In an interview with Sky Italy recorded a few weeks ago but aired this week, Lukaku said he was unhappy with his role at the club and would like to return to Inter Milan in the near future.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday the comments by Lukaku, re-signed by Chelsea for a club-record £97.5m from Serie A champions Inter in August, are “just not helpful”.
Lukaku, 28, has scored in his last two Premier League appearances – against Aston Villa and Brighton – following his return to the Chelsea squad after testing positive for Covid-19.
Chelsea host fellow title hopefuls Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
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Belgium international Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 appearances, but will now be missing for the Blues as they look to reduce the gap to league leaders Manchester City to eight points with a victory.
Earlier this season, Lukaku missed more than a month of action with an ankle injury sustained against Malmo in the Champions League on October 20.
How to follow Chelsea vs Liverpool on Sky Sports…
Chelsea vs Liverpool is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
‘Bad news on a day Chelsea need a result’
Sky Sports News’ Gary Cotterill at Stamford Bridge:
“I’ve checked with the club hierarchy and they say it is club policy not to comment on team news before the team sheets are out. But there is certainly no denial of the big breaking news that the fallout from Romelu Lukaku’s interview with Sky Italy is the club certainly believe that it can’t be left unpunished and that something needs to be …….