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Belgium hopeful for Batshuayi’s World Cup after assessing injury — report

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Batshuayi expected to miss 4-6 weeks with ankle ligament injury

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Michy Batshuayi’s season is over thanks to ankle ligament damage suffered from a tackle by former Spurs (booo!) midfielder Benjamin Stambouli (grrrr...) in Sunday’s Revierderby between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. Michy’s misfortunate was the injury to the insult of a 2-0 loss, which dropped BVB back down to fourth in the Bundesliga and four points behind their local rivals in second.

While Batshuayi will play no part in BVB’s quest to ensure Champions League qualification, it turns out his prospects for this summer’s World Cup are not quite over yet. Initial fears that the ankle was broken were dismissed with this morning’s report that it’s “just” a soft tissue injury, and while those can be trickier to diagnose and rehabilitate (and keep from getting re-injured), it does mean that Michy could conceivably recover in time for the tournament.

In fact, as per our trusty source for all things Belgian in the Premier League, Kristof Terreur, Belgium are hoping that Michy will be back in just 4-6 weeks. With kick-off in Russia over 8 weeks away, that would be just enough time for Batshuayi to get back to training and match fitness as well.

As Terreur mentions, Chelsea will evaluate the injury as well, and then probably oversee his recovery as per standard loanee protocol.

In any case, good luck to the Bastman; may he be the hero we all deserve this summer in Russia.