Batshuayi's Dortmund season over; World Cup still possible

In this April 15, 2018 photo Borussia Dortmund's Michy Batshuayi covers his face in pain during the soccer Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. Batshuayi's World Cup participation for Belgium is still possible despite suffering an ankle injury in the side's Ruhr derby defeat to Schalke. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)
Dortmund's Michy Batshuayi lays on the pitch with an injury during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Schalke won the match 2-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

DORTMUND, Germany — Striker Michy Batshuayi's World Cup participation for Belgium is still possible despite suffering a left ankle injury in Borussia Dortmund's Ruhr derby defeat to Schalke.

Batshuayi was hurt in injury time on Sunday, left the stadium in Gelsenkirchen on crutches, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Dortmund says on Twitter he "will probably be out for the rest of the season (but) an appearance for the Belgian national team at the World Cup in Russia is in the realm of possibility. Get well soon, Michy!"

Batshuayi also took to social media, tweeting his season "is probably over, and I wont be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence ... Thank you all the amazing amount of love I received since yesterday. Wishing my teammates the best for the final days. See you soon."

Batshuayi, who is on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, was injured in a sprint for the ball when he collided with Schalke defender Benjamin Stambouli.

His absence will hit Dortmund hard at the sharp end of the Bundesliga. He scored seven goals and set up another in 10 league appearances since his winter switch as a replacement for the Arsenal-bound Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Dortmund is fourth in the last Champions League qualification place with four rounds remaining. The side faces tough games against Bayer Leverkusen at home, Werder Bremen away, and Mainz at home before its last game at Hoffenheim.

People also read these

WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened...

Jun 11, 2018

Without Lionel Messi, would Argentina even be going to the World Cup?

WADA has 400 doping cases from whistleblowers

Oct 5, 2018

The World Anti-Doping Agency has registered 400 cases after a flood of information from new...

Afghan women's basketball player among 9 elected...

Oct 9, 2018

The International Olympic Committee has elected nine new members including 24-year-old Samira...

Meunier leads Belgium in 9-0 masterclass over...

Aug 31, 2017

Thomas Meunier orchestrated a showtime Belgium performance against the part-timers from Gibraltar...

Belgium has scandal brewing over rapper's World...

Mar 8, 2018

The Belgian football federation says it will not change its mind about choosing a rapper known for...

About Us

Daily Sports Global, your guide to the best sports news on the Internet. Access to the world’s biggest sports events right here even if you’re not physically there.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsglobal.com

Subscribe Now!