World Cup fears for Michy Batshauyi as Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger reveals injury

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Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger fears Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi picked up a long-term injury in his side’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.

The 24-year-old’s season could be over while there will also be concern he could miss the World Cup as Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils begin their campaign in two months’ time.

“I didn’t think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly,” Stoger said in quotes published on Dortmund’s official website.

“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.

For Belgium, who are in England’s World Cup group, Batshuayi appeared in half of his side’s qualifiers.

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Liverpool-bound Naby Keita set to play against Marseille despite hip bruise

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Liverpool-bound Naby Keita is expected to face Marseille in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final, second-leg, despite limping off against in the Bundesliga.

“Thankfully, it’s just a hip bruise, so hopefully there is no threat for Thursday,” said Leipzig’s relieved coach Ralph Hasenhuettl on Tuesday.

Keita, who will join Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool next season, came off late in Leipzig’s 4-1 loss to Leverkusen on Monday.

Keita, a defensive midfielder, collided with Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the 74th minute at the Red Bull Arena and went off soon after.

Leipzig will fly to Marseille for a place in the semi-finals holding a slender 1-0 lead after Germany striker Timo Werner scored the only goal in last week’s first leg.

Liverpool are expected to pay 70 million euros ($86.5m), including bonuses, for the Guinea midfielder, who has consistently been Leipzig’s midfield engine.

He has scored five goals and provided five assists in 23 league appearances this season.

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Christian Pulisic leads Borussia Dortmund to 3-0 win against Stuttgart

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American Christian Pulisic‘s goal kick-started Borussia Dortmund in a 3-0 victory over Stuttgart on Sunday, ahead of next week’s mouth-watering derby at Schalke.

Dortmund’s home win leaves them just one point behind arch-rivals Schalke, who are second in the Bundesliga table despite Saturday’s shock 3-2 defeat at Hamburg, ahead of next Sunday’s Ruhr derby in Gelsenkirchen.

Pulisic, 19, gave Dortmund the lead against mid-table Stuttgart at a sun-soaked Signal Iduna Park.

His cross dipped over Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to crash in off the post on 38 minutes.

Pulisic’s fortuitous effort was the highlight of a below-par performance from Peter Stoeger’s Dortmund who were lucky to lead at the break.

It was a totally different story after half-time as the hosts took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second half as Dortmund flew out of the blocks.

Batshuayi delicately flicked the ball into the path of Nuri Sahin, who returned the pass to the Belgian in the box for a simple tap-in from close range to leave Stuttgart on the ropes.

Dortmund finished the visitors off when Pulisic headed back to Maximilian Philipp, whose first effort was parried by Zieler, but the winger tucked home the rebound with an hour played.

It was Philipp’s first goal since November, when he also scored in a 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart.

Batshuayi, who has now scored seven goals in nine league games since arriving in January, could have added another soon after when he fired wide.

Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez threatened the Dortmund goal when he clipped the crossbar five minutes before the final whistle.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich were confirmed as Bundesliga champions for the sixth straight year as their 4-1 win at Augsburg left them 20 points clear with only five games left.

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