Everton manager Roberto Martinez allays fears over Romelu Lukaku injury

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down any injury concerns over Romelu Lukaku after the striker came off early in their latest pre-season friendly.

Romelu Lukaku goes off injured and shows his injury to manager Roberto Martinez . Jeff Holmes / Getty Images
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down any injury concerns over Romelu Lukaku after the striker came off early in their latest pre-season friendly.

The Belgium international managed 32 minutes in the 2-0 win over Dundee before coming off, appearing to hold his hamstring.

However, Martinez says the 22-year-old frontman’s withdrawal was just precautionary.

"Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," he told evertontv.

“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’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.”

Summer signing Tom Cleverley impressed again in Scotland and Martinez believes the 25-year-old midfielder will only get better.

“Tom showed he can be a leader,” Martinez said. “He has fitted in really well in the dressing room and it is a fantastic example for any youngster to look up to an England international with his best years ahead of him.

“He was terrific in his attitude and with his involvement in the game and that’s an exciting prospect for the future for us.”

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