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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (right) and Eden Hazard take part in a training session at Salwa Training site, southwest of Doha. Image Credit: AFP

Salwa Beach: Romelu Lukaku trained on Friday ahead of Belgium’s World Cup match against Morocco after missing their tournament opener in Qatar with a thigh injury.

The forward has played 90 minutes just once this season and his last appearance came for his club Inter Milan on October 29.

Lukaku missed Belgium’s 1-0 win over Canada in Group F but trained with his teammates ahead of Sunday’s match.

The 29-year-old forward also trained on Thursday behind closed doors, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne confirmed.

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Michy Batshuayi played up front against Canada on Wednesday, scoring the only goal, but De Bruyne said Lukaku’s return would be a major boost for the team.

“Romelu’s return will not change the way we play but of course he is a top striker,” De Bruyne said before training.

“Romelu has not played for a long time now, but even if he can only have a few minutes, defensively they will be more scared.

“He gives us a lot more options. His return will be a boost.”