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Lukaku out as Chelsea tackle Crystal Palace today

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Romelu Lukaku. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)


• Bundesliga, La Liga, Coppa Italia Matches Live on StarTimes

Chelsea’s returnee striker, Romelu Lukaku will not play in the European champions’ opening game of the 2021/22 English Premier League, Manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed.

Lukaku, who left Chelsea some years ago to play for Inter Milan via Everton and Manchester United, rejoined the London side on Thursday.

Tuchel has confirmed Romelu Lukaku will not make his second Chelsea debut against Crystal Palace today as the striker is currently quarantining following his club-record transfer from Inter Milan.

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The Blues officially completed the signing of the 28-year-old from the Serie A champions yesterday in a club-record deal that football.london understands is worth around £98million.

The Belgian has yet to train with his new teammates and is having to self-isolate having arrived in the United Kingdom from Monaco, which is currently on the British government’s Amber list.

The Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga kicked yesterday with exciting crackers across Europe live on StarTimes.

English Premier League match, Chelsea versus Crystal Place will air, courtesy of Integral, on NTA at 3.00 p.m.The new La Liga season began yesterday with Getafe playing away against Valencia.

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but Messi-less Barcelona will begin their campaign against Real Sociedad tomorrow. Real Madrid, the 34-time Spanish champions, will travel to Alavés today for their first game of the season, while Atlético Madrid, meanwhile, begin the defence of their title at Celta Vigo tomorrow.

Coach Diego Simeone goes into the season with a mainly unchanged side, though Atléti officials have dug deep into the pockets to bring Argentine international Rodrigo de Paul to the club from Udinese, paying 35 million euros for the midfielder, who holds both Argentine and Italian citizenship.

German Bundesliga kicked off yesterday with champions, Bayern Munich, against Borussia Monchengladbach in the first matchday. 

Bayern’s archrivals, Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, will take on Frankfurt at the Signal Iduna Park today.
StarTimes revealed yesterday that it has renewed exclusive rights to broadcast Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana for a further three seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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