The manager has explained that Lukaku has been carrying the problem for 10 days and that he allowed his leading goalscorer to take leave from the squad's mid-season training camp to be assessed by someone he trusts.
Koeman expects the Belgian to be fit for the visit of Sunderland to Goodison Park in nine days' time.
“We know that for 10 days Rom has had some problems with his calf,” Koeman said in the Liverpool Echo.
“He has a lot of confidence in the Belgian doctor and I gave him permission to go to Belgium and recover.
“We expect him, normally, next Tuesday to be joining in the training session. He will be fit and available for the weekend.”
Koeman is also hopeful about the prospects of James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas being able to play a part in the Premier League clash with the struggling Black Cats.
Both players were rested for the trip to Middlesbrough last weekend, with McCarthy suffering from what the manager described as muscle stiffness following his return to action against Bournemouth and Mirallas being treated for a minor groin strain.
“They are progressing well,” Koeman said. “We knew that they would not play in the friendly this Friday but next week, from Tuesday on, they will be available for all the training sessions.
“Normally they would be fit for the weekend of Sunderland.”
The team will fly back to Merseyside this weekend after enjoying a week in warmer weather which the management hope will set them up for a strong finish to the season.
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2 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:07:12
Hopefully we won't need to find out.
3 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:05:34
We were riding on a crest of wave three seasons back and bottom of the table then; Sunderland crashed the party winning 1-0 at Goodison.
4 Posted 16/02/2017 at 21:43:09
I am trying to buy 2 tickets for the Sunderland game. I have tried StubHub but they're all single tickets. If anybody knows of a reliable website that I could buy from then please could you advise. Cheers.
5 Posted 16/02/2017 at 22:42:28
In fact young Lookman has shown more goal threat than the rest, at least he shoots.
6 Posted 17/02/2017 at 00:47:45
I expected him to move last summer but, after stinking out the Euros, nobody was willing to pay the money his goals demand. Personally, I'm indifferent if he goes, as long as we get the right money then so be it. If and when he goes, I would spend the lot on Vardy & Giroud now there's a modern day Sharp & Lineker for a manager who dares to play with two strikers.
8 Posted 17/02/2017 at 06:27:42
9 Posted 17/02/2017 at 08:58:19
Vardy has scored 5 this season, Giroud 8. Both are 30 years old. I really can't see this as a good piece of business...
11 Posted 17/02/2017 at 12:26:56
On another note I see the Spurs fans are going apeshit over Sissoko after their defeat last night. He's only played one full PL game and has scored none and has 2 assists in 6 months. He is their record signing at 㿊M it sounds like we really were lucky to not get him last summer.
Spending what we did on Bolasie was a big risk but another 㿊M on Sissoko could have been a huge waste of money. I wonder did Walsh rate him as he said in a recent interview that they also look at the personality of the player to see will he fit in and work for the team.
12 Posted 17/02/2017 at 12:48:54
13 Posted 17/02/2017 at 15:30:25
I certainly couldn't fathom him as a Blue, and Spuds deserve what they got. Even their own supporters that I work with weren't that enamoured by the prospect.
14 Posted 17/02/2017 at 16:02:12
I also see a lot of Arsenal fans are very despondent about their season. They feel every season is the same with them hoping for Premier League and Champions League success but as usual come up short at this time of year. They could still win the FA Cup, of course but they feel they need a new manager.
Just shows you that having loads of money, a new stadium, a big support but if you've not for the right manager you will struggle to make progress on the pitch. Could this be us in 5 years time? I for one would be happy with that progress.
15 Posted 17/02/2017 at 16:17:40
But here we are the world's still turning, we seem to be going about our stuff reasonably efficiently on the face of it and I feel pretty optimistic on the whole right now.
16 Posted 17/02/2017 at 16:48:15
17 Posted 17/02/2017 at 17:03:10
According to worldfootball.net, Giroud has scored 8 goals from 17 league appearances including 11 substitute appearances spending a total of 657 minutes on the pitch.
Rom has appeared in 24 games with just one as a substitute scoring 16 goals in a total 2097 of minutes playing time.
Rom has scored 1 in 131 minutes and Giroud 1 in 82 minutes.
18 Posted 17/02/2017 at 17:52:35
19 Posted 17/02/2017 at 21:35:02
20 Posted 18/02/2017 at 12:34:57
Those are the reasons he scores so many goals!!
I sing his name, as do many thousands of blues at home and away games because he's our centre forward, and a goalscoring machine. The kids a beast and personally I value every goal he scores for us because of course, he won't be a blue forever anyone thinking otherwise is deluded.
Why people can't enjoy players while we have them is beyond me what's the point in that line of thinking? You can only enjoy them while they're Everton players... they will move on. Live in the moment.
21 Posted 18/02/2017 at 14:03:30
22 Posted 18/02/2017 at 14:37:39
Burnley have played on the break all season and parked the bus, Lincoln did the same to them today and won 1-0.
23 Posted 18/02/2017 at 16:47:08
Rom is playing every game and never gets subbed until the final minutes of matches.Others are benched or subbed continually and the reason is, we have no one anywhere near Lukaku in ability to cover for him.
Playing less games and using stats to bulk up a players worth is ridiculous.Giraud has scored goals but his all around form is keeping him from starting many matches.Using this fans criteria Gabbiadini is well ahead of anyone with 3 goals in 2 games.Lukaku is not only great this season he has carried us since he arrived as far as goals are concerned.
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