Club News

Lukaku ruled out of Belgium duty

And Mulumbu aiming for DR Congo glory as internationals report

ROMELU Lukaku reported for Belgium but has been forced to pull out of their World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland due to ongoing pain in his right ankle that requires further evaluation by Albion's medical staff.

The Baggies do have eight senior players away with their countries ahead of their next game against champions Manchester City on Saturday week (ko 3pm).

Youssouf Mulumbu will be looking to book his place at next year’s African Nations Cup on Sunday after linking up with DR Congo for their qualification play-off second-leg with Equatorial Guinea.

The Leopards are 4-0 up from the first-leg and on course to secure their place in South Africa for the finals between January 19 and February 10.

James Morrison is in the Scotland squad to take on Wales in Cardiff in Group A on Friday and Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday.

And in the same group Goran Popov has joined up with Macedonia for their encounters with Croatia and Serbia.

Zoltan Gera has linked up with Hungary for their World Cup Group D qualifiers with Estonia and Turkey, and in the same group Gabriel Tamas is away with Romania for their games with Turkey and Holland.

Shane Long is in the Republic of Ireland squad for their Group C qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands.

Jonas Olsson is away with Sweden as they prepare to take on the Faroe Islands and Germany in the same group.

Gareth McAuley has not been called up for Northern Ireland duty as he is suspended for their qualifier with Portugal.

Chris Wood, who remains on loan at Millwall, has been called up by New Zealand for their World Cup qualifier against Tahiti on Friday before the return fixture four days later.

Craig Dawson has reported for England Under-21s duty as they gear up for their two-leg European Championship qualification play-off against Serbia on Friday and Tuesday.

Young pro Romaine Sawyers has been handed his first international call-up for St Kitts and Nevis in their Caribbean Cup games against Anguilla on Thursday, French Guyana two days later, and Trinidad & Tobago on Monday.