Borussia Dortmund loanee Michy Batshuayi will miss the rest of the club season and is a doubt to represent Belgium at the World Cup after injuring ankle ligaments during Sunday's derby defeat against Schalke.
Batshuayi was taken off on a stretcher late in the Ruhr derby, having appeared to roll his ankle, and the striker confirmed Dortmund's fears on Monday.
Well its not good news for now, my 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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GORkrFz9kk— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) April 16, 2018
"Well its not good news for now, my season is probably over, and i won't be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence," Batshuayi wrote on Twitter.
"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 has scored nine times in 14 games since joining Dortmund from Chelsea on loan in the winter transfer window in a deal that runs out at the end of this campaign.
Dortmund coach Peter Stoger had suspected Batshuayi would be sidelined as the club fights to hang onto the final Champions League qualification place, saying after the game that he "didn't think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly."
Dortmund's statement confirming Batshuayi's injury said it was "in the realm of possibility" he could recover in time for the World Cup.
The 24-year-old appeared in half of Belgium's World Cup qualifiers, scoring once in two starts and three substitute appearances. Belgium will face Panama, Tunisia and England in the group state at the World Cup in June.