The Belgian has actually been unable to recover from an injury in time for the Blues' visit to Spain.Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Romelu Lukaku will miss Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final face-off with Real Madrid.Chelsea lost the first leg of their last eight tie 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on April 6, during which Lukaku was guilty of missing 2 clear chances after coming on as a second-half substitute.
The Belgian was then ruled out of the subsequent Premier League clash with Southampton due to injury, and has not recovered in time for the Blues' journey to Santiago Bernabeu.
Tuchel validated the news in his final interview before Tuesday's second leg, telling reporters: "Callum Hudson-Odoi out, Ben Chilwell out, Romelu Lukaku will not take a trip."
The German head coach also revealed Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who missed the 6-0 win against Southampton due to Covid-19, is now free of the disease and offered for selection once again.
"Azpilicueta has tested unfavorable and remains in the group. Ross Barkley is sick," he added.
The number of other games could Lukaku miss?
Chelsea have actually not yet given a return date for Lukaku, suggesting he could likewise be a doubt for their FA Cup semi-final tie against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Blues will just have a three-day turn-around before their next Premier League outing against Arsenal and have another London derby against West Ham on April 24.