According to a growing number of sources in Germany this evening, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi fractured his ankle during Borussia Dortmund’s derby clash with Schalke earlier today.
*Update* – A report from Bild this evening has claimed that Batshuayi has in fact not broken his ankle, but suffered ligament damage.
The Ruhr Derby took place at the Veltins-Arena this afternoon, with the two sides having come into proceedings separated by just a solitary point in the Bundesliga table (Schalke – 52 points, Dortmund – 51 points).
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) April 15, 2018
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 15, 2018
An entertaining affair in Gelsenkirchen eventually saw hosts Schalke emerge with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of second-half strikes from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo.
And a dismal day all-round for visitors Dortmund was compounded by a serious injury for Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who of course has been in scintillating form since making the move to Germany in January.
The Belgian hitman was stretchered off this afternoon in clear agony, with early reports having suggested that Batshuayi suffered a broken leg/ankle:
Michu Batshuayi will return to Chelsea from Dortmund after the striker broke his leg today against Schalke.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) April 15, 2018
Sad news from Dortmund. Looks like Michy Batshuayi has broken his leg
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 15, 2018
Apparently the fear is that Michy Batshuayi broke his ankle.
— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) April 15, 2018
Though there is yet to be an official announcement on Batshuayi’s well-being, updates over the last hour have suggested that the striker’s injury is in fact not a fractured ankle, but ligament damage.
His status for the World Cup remains to be seen.