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Lukaku apologised to Chelsea FC and will return to the squad for Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Lukaku will participate in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham, says manager Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 games since he rejoined Chelsea from Inter Milan.
Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 games since he rejoined Chelsea from Inter Milan.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised to Chelsea FC and he will return to the squad for their Carabao Cup semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

Lukaku wasn’t in the squad that played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday after his comments in an interview a few weeks ago.

It is believed Tuchel and Lukaku had a "calm" meeting on Monday and the striker said as Chelsea’s quoted: "I’m sorry for the upset caused. I should have been much clearer in my message.

"The interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter [Milan] fans, and it wasn't about trying to disrespect the [Chelsea] fans, my team-mates, the club, and the manager.

"They made a lot of effort to bring me here and I wanted to come back. I have been on a mission since I left so I totally understand the frustration of the fans, but now it is on me to make sure I show my commitment 100%."

Speaking directly to the Blues’ fans, Lukaku added: "I am sorry for the upset I have caused. You guys know the connection I have to the club and I totally understand you guys being upset.

"It was not the right moment and I want to move forward and make sure we start winning football matches."

Tuchel said in his news conference on Tuesday: "He apologised and is back in the squad for today's training.

"We have given it time to look back on. For me, the most important thing was to understand - and clearly understand - it was not intentional. He did not do this intentionally to create this kind of noise in front of a big game."

Tuchel continued: "Even before when he seemed to be, in his opinion, ready to play after his injury from the start and we thought he needed to readapt to the intensity a little bit more, there was never the slightest behaviour against the team.

"So, it was the very first time that he felt in this way. It's very important to stay calm and understand it's not as big as maybe people want it to be."

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