In-form Lukaku will play his 12th fit of the season for membership and nation when he faces needless and goalless Crystal Palace at Old Trafford lately – and that determine will upward push to 14 by the point he returns from responsibility with Belgium within the drawing close global spoil.
The heavy agenda raises issues the £75m striker may just undergo a an identical destiny as Paul Pogba, who Mourinho has in spite of everything admitted will be out “long term” with the hamstring damage he suffered two-and-a-part weeks in the past.
But Mourinho says as a result of he wishes Marcus Rashford to play large he can not come up with the money for to go away out Lukaku, who has hit 10 objectives in his first 9 video games to overcome Sir Bobby Charlton’s membership-file get started of 9 in his first 9 set in 1956-57.
“Without Zlatan, we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Rashford is playing also in other positions,” mentioned Mourinho.
“So until the moment we have Zlatan we cannot think about giving rest to our No9 in the same way we give rest in other positions.”
Mourinho will additionally now not ask Belgium boss Roberto Martinez – whose crew have already certified for subsequent summer season’s World Cup – to relaxation Lukaku of their two ultimate qualifiers.
“Belgium is Roberto’s responsibility and it’s his decision to play him or not to play him,” he added.
“I cannot, professionally speaking, say do this or do that.”
Roy Hodgson would like to have Mourinho’s drawback with the Palace boss compelled to enter the Old Trafford money with out a recognised striker after Christian Benteke was once dominated out for 6 weeks with a knee drawback.
The supervisor, who will use Bakary Sako as a makeshift ahead, mentioned: “I’ve only had to go without a recognised centre-forward before when I was at Blackburn.”