Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he will speak with Romelu Lukaku regarding his comeback to the team on Monday.
After statements he made in an interview recorded some weeks ago but aired on Thursday, the striker was dropped for Sunday’s draw with Liverpool. Lukaku expressed his dissatisfaction with his bit-part role under Tuchel earlier this season, saying he was “not happy.”
“Tomorrow there is a meeting and we will decide,” Tuchel told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Tuchel said he left the 28-year-old out of the squad to “preserve the preparation” for a match against a Premier League team one point behind them on Sunday.
“He is our player, there is always a way back,” the German coach told Sky Sports after the defeat.
“We will clear this behind closed doors and once we have made a decision and Romelu knows, you will maybe know also. It is not to be discussed now.”
Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 appearances since he rejoined Chelsea from Italian champions Inter Milan for £97.5m in the summer.
However, he has had a recent upturn in form, scoring in his last two Premier League appearances, after discussions about his role with Tuchel.
Source: BBC Sport