Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi is expected to miss the remainder of the season, and could well be kept out of Belgium’s World Cup plans too.
The Chelsea loanee fell awkwardly during the Ruhr derby with Schalke on Sunday, and Dortmund manager Peter Stoger admitted to not being particularly hopeful for the 24-year-old’s chances at a quick recovery.
I didn’t think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly,
I hope, of course, that I’m mistaken. I can’t yet say anything specific, other than the fact that he’s in pain and will now be examined in more detail. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks.
Scoring seven goals in ten appearances since arriving in Germany, the front-man was generating an amount of hype around his name in the months preceding the World Cup, but it now seems as though those dreams will have to be put on hold.
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad can boast a wealth of talent in the attacking third of the pitch, but all signs point towards Batshuayi being a notable absence from the squad.