Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick was full of praise for “terrific” Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku but insisted his team is aware of the threat the striker poses.

Lukaku has yet to feature for the Blues since he sustained an ankle injury during the 4-0 win over Malmo a month ago.

He might finally make his return at the weekend as Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United will be without at least three key players, including their main centre-back pair; Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

So it makes sense if Tuchel will want to deploy his main striker against a depleted Manchester United defencee despite his one-month absence.

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Carrick, who will be in charge of the visitors at the weekend, said his players will be prepared to face Lukaku.

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“It feels like a long time ago now since he was here and went to Italy,” Carrick said about his former Manchester United teammate said during the pre-match press conference on Friday.

“He [did] well [in Italy] and had a good start at Chelsea.

“He’s been unfortunate with the injuries. But he came back the other night and was involved [in training]. It will be good to see Rom again.

“Obviously, he’s a terrific footballer, he scores goals pretty much wherever he’s been. It’s pretty obvious what he brings and how dangerous he can be.

“If Rom plays, obviously, we’re well aware of what he brings, and we’ll be ready.”

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Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has ruled out three Chelsea stars for Sunday’s clash, including Ben Chilwell who will be out for at least six weeks due to an ACL injury.

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