Thomas Tuchel fears Romelu Lukaku is suffering mental fatigue after an unyielding year with club and country, and is toying with the idea of giving him a rest.
'It is difficult to judge whether he needs a break or is it better to keep him on the pitch,' said Chelsea boss Tuchel, ahead of tonight's Champions League tie against Malmo of Sweden.
'At this moment, I feel Romelu is a bit overplayed. I think he played in too many competitions over the summer, too many competitions with his country. He played the Nations League and he is a fantastic athlete and such a competitive guy that he never takes it easy.
Thomas Tuchel claims that Romelu Lukaku is 'mentally tired' and has been 'overplayed'
'He wants to be out there and win. He wanted to have a good outcome for the European Championship with Belgium and now in the Nations League it was a huge match for him, it meant a lot personally to play for his country so he takes it seriously.
'If that does not work well he always puts it on his shoulders. He reflects about it and I feel him mentally tired.'
In the last 12 months, Lukaku has scored 43 goals in 64 appearances for his clubs and his country. He fired Inter Milan to the Italian title although he could not help Belgium fulfil their long quest for major honours.
The 28-year-old is