Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi’s in danger of missing the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the striker confirmed his season is over with an ankle injury he suffered during Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash with FC Schalke 04 on the weekend.
Batshuayi joined Die Borussen on a half-season loan from Premier League side Chelsea in January as the Bundesliga giants sought to replace the departing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the likeable Belgian has been a hit both on and off the pitch since.
With seven goals and an assist in nine league games, along with two more strikes in the UEFA Europa League, it’s safe to say that the 24-year-old had settled well in Germany.
After getting frustrated at his lack of playing time at parent club Chelsea due to the arrival of club-record signing Alvaro Morata in the summer, Batshuayi was in danger of missing Roberto Martinez’s squad for the quadrennial tournament in Russia.
However, this injury setback, which saw him leave the pitch on a stretcher, could have snuffed out his chances of playing for the Belgian Red Devils at the World Cup, which kicks off in less than two months time.
Belgium are in Group G and are considered favourites to progress as winners, with the other teams being Tunisia, England and Panama.
While the World Cup opener has hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia on June 14, Belgium do not play till June 18, when they take on Panama.