Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rom's Heart Rules His Head over Clash with Everton

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rom's Heart Rules His Head over Clash with Everton

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ROMELU Lukaku declared himself fit to play against Everton, but Jose Mourinho felt he had to protect the United striker.

Lukaku suffered a head injury in the eighth minute of United's draw against Southampton on Saturday and received oxygen before he was carried off on a stretcher.

Mourinho said after the match Lukaku would likely miss the New Year's Day trip to Everton and the FA Cup third round visit of Derby on Friday.

Lukaku told Mourinho he was available for selection on New Year's Eve and was eager to play against his former club on Monday. However, the 24-year-old striker was not included in the squad which travelled to Goodison Park.

Mourinho said ahead of the Everton match Lukaku would likely return against Stoke City on January 15 but added at his post-match press conference the Belgian may be available against Derby. …

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