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Batshuayi’s World Cup dreams may not be dashed by ankle injury

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Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


Borussia Dortmund lost a Revierderby and its lethal loan striker on Sunday, but Michy Batshuayi’s initial negative outlook may have hope for the World Cup.

The Bundesliga club says Batshuayi, 24, may still pull on the Belgium strip in Russia this summer. He has six goals in 14 caps for the Red Devils.

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On loan from Chelsea, Batshuayi has nine goals in 14 appearances for BVB. He hurt his ankle against Schalke and needed to be stretchered off the pitch.

Batshuayi would theoretically be a candidate for a BVB transfer in the summer, but Chelsea’s presumed managerial change may breathe new life into his time at Stamford Bridge.

Batshuayi’s postmatch vibes were not solid.

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