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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku resumes training after ankle strain hampered World Cup preparation

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku touches his ankle during a friendly soccer match against Tunisia, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Belgium will play against South Korea, Russia and Algeria in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku touches his ankle during a friendly soccer match against Tunisia, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Belgium will play against South Korea, Russia and Algeria in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)  (The Associated Press)

Striker Romelu Lukaku resumed training with Belgium's World Cup squad on Wednesday showing no apparent effect from a right ankle strain he sustained last weekend.

Lukaku jogged with his teammates to get the jet lag from Tuesday's flight out of his system before he performed balancing exercises which put specific pressure on the tender ankle.

Lukaku is expected to be Belgium's center forward for next Tuesday's opening Group H match against Algeria. His form has become even more important since the team's No. 1 forward Christian Benteke injured his Achilles tendon and misses the World Cup.

Fortunately, Lukaku has shown great form during the preparation campaign, scoring four goals, including a hat trick against Luxembourg, in two warmup games.

He got injured last Saturday during a 1-0 win over Tunisia.