06132021

Romelu Lukaku & Covid-19: 23 out of 25 Inter Milan players were ill in January


Romelu Lukaku & Covid-19

Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku has made a startling claim during an Instagram Live video.

Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan last summer, was in conversation with his international team mate Dries Mertens and his wife Kat Kerkhofs, who is a reporter on Belgian TV.

According to Lukaku, almost the entire Inter squad were sick in January.

 

’23 out of 25 Inter Milan players were ill in January’

Here’s what Lukaku actually said:

We had a week off in December, we returned to work and I swear that 23 out of 25 players were ill. I am not kidding.

We played against Radja Nainggolan’s Cagliari and after about 25 minutes, one of our defenders had to leave the pitch. He could not continue and almost fainted.

Everyone was coughing and had a fever. When I was warming up, I felt a lot hotter than usual. I hadn’t suffered from a fever in years.

After the game there was a planned dinner with guests from Puma, but I thanked them and went straight to bed.

We never did the Covid-19 tests at the time, so we’ll never know for sure.

Note: with regard to the Cagliari-Inter game, the defender who needed to be subbed was Milan Skriniar.

Skriniar only played 17 minutes into that match on January 26.

At the time, Inter claimed on social media that Skriniar had felt dizzy after failing to recover from the flu.

 

Lukaku & Covid-19: Headline news on Wednesday

All the major Italian papers have run the Lukaku quotes on their front pages on Wednesday.

 

When did Italy record its 1st Covid-19 case?

The first positive coronavirus case in Italy was only confirmed on February 21, as confirmed by Wikipedia.

That’s almost a month after Lukaku suggested that almost all of the Inter squad had been sick.

Today, Italy have recorded 183,957 Covid-19 cases, which is the third-highest in the world after America and Spain.

Italy has suffered the highest death toll, with 24,648 fatalities due to the virus. That’s according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

Will Lukaku be punished for his comments?

If Lukaku’s comments are true, many will point fingers at Inter Milan.

Why didn’t they raise concerns about so many players being sick?

However, while Lukaku may have left his employers in a difficult position, reports on Wednesday claim the striker will escape any punishment.

According to Italian paper Repubblica (as confirmed by Italian reporter Giovanni Capuano), Lukaku has already apologised to Inter for his flu comments.

Repubblica claim Lukaku will avoid any fine or punishment as the club believe Lukaku was only expressing his opinion rather than facts.

 

Also see: Best Netflix, Amazon & YouTube football documentaries & movies to watch during coronavirus isolation

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