April 16, 2018 / 3:34 PM / 7 months ago

Dortmund's Batshuayi to miss rest of the season with injury

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium vs Saudi Arabia - King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium - March 27, 2018 Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

(Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund loanee Michy Batshuayi will miss the rest of the domestic season with an ankle injury but the striker could still feature for Belgium at the World Cup, the Bundesliga club said on Monday.

The 24-year-old was taken off on a stretcher late on during Dortmund’s 2-0 league defeat by Schalke 04 on Sunday.

“Michy Batshuayi sustained an ankle injury in the Ruhr derby against FC Schalke 04 and will probably miss the remainder of the season,” Dortmund said in a statement.

“However, there remains a chance that he could still feature for the Belgian national team at the World Cup in Russia this (European) summer.”

Batshuayi has been in impressive form for Dortmund since securing a January loan move from Premier League side Chelsea until the end of the season, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances across all competitions.

He now faces a race against time to feature in Roberto Martinez’s Belgium team, who begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18.

"I didn't think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly," Dortmund manager Peter Stoeger told the club's website www.bvb.de/eng following the injury.

“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.”

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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