Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku ‘ready to play through the pain barrier’ in FA Cup final
Romelu Lukaku has been backed to give his all for Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup Final – even if he is not fully fit.
Lukaku is receiving intensive treatment at United’s Carrington training complex on the ankle injury he suffered in last month’s win over Arsenal.
Boss Jose Mourinho fears United’s top scorer may only be fit enough for a place on the bench at Wembley against his former club Chelsea.
Andy Cole hopes Lukaku can figure and says he has already proved he has the character to battle through adversity by playing in last month’s derby win over Manchester City when he was ill.
The Belgium hitman says he came to United to win trophies and Cole says that ambition will drive him on as he bids to lift his first one on Saturday, even though he is not in peak condition.
“It’s not nice when you’ve got that little bit of rhythm and pick up an injury,” said the United legend.
“You know you’ve got a massive game coming up and are a bit touch and go or whatever.
“So it may be difficult for him but, hopefully, he’ll be passed fit and do the best he can.
“It’s not every year you’re going to get to the FA Cup Final. There are no doubts that, if he’s even 90, 80 or 70 per cent fit, he’ll give it a go.”