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Batshuayi expected to miss two weeks with ankle injury — report

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MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea celebrates during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on September 27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

This bit of news fell through the cracks at the end of last week but it’s doubly relevant now since we could really use Michy Batshuayi tomorrow night against Qarabag.

As it is however, he’s chilling (and tweeting) at home (I’m assuming he’s there since I didn’t see him in any of the pictures of the traveling squad) with the same ankle injury that kept him out from the weekend’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, as well as most of the preceding international break. He had joined up with Belgium two weeks ago, but was almost immediately sent back to Chelsea with the ailment.

While there’s been no official word on his prognosis, a report from the Evening Standard on Friday claimed that he’s set to miss five games, including the aforementioned West Brom clash. So that still leaves four games, i.e. the next two weeks — Qarabag (A), Liverpool (A), Swansea City (H), Newcastle United (H).

If that timeline holds, Batshuayi could be back for the home game against Atlético Madrid, which, depending on how results go tomorrow, could be a meaningless dead rubber game or could be the one to decide Chelsea’s Champions League group stage fate. Hopefully it’s the latter and, even as much as I enjoy his running Twitter commentary, hopefully Michy will be available to give Morata and the other forwards a breather.