Like Obafemi Martins, Batshuayi ruled out of World Cup

Super Eagles forward, Obafemi Martins, seems not to be the only big-name star to miss next summer’s World Cup due to injury.

Martins was ruled out from the Mundial following a knock for his Chinese side.

However, Chelsea forward Mitchy Batshuayi has joined that dreadful list after suffering a long-term injury in Borussia Dortmund’s loss to Schalke on Sunday.

Belgium international Batshuayi was taken off on a stretcher late on in the Ruhr derby, having appeared to roll his ankle.

Dortmund subsequently confirmed that the forward had suffered an ankle injury and will now miss the reason of the season.

“I didn’t think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly,” manager Peter Stoger said.

“I hope, of course, that I’m mistaken. I can’t yet say anything specific, other than the fact that he’s in pain and will now be examined in more detail. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it looks.”

Batshuayi has scored nine times in 14 games since joining Dortmund on loan in the winter transfer window in a deal that runs out at the end of this campaign.