Borussia Dortmund have announced that Michy Batshuayi is set to miss the rest of the domestic campaign after scans on the Belgian international revealed the striker sustained a serious ankle injury during Die Schwarzgelben's 2-0 defeat to Schalke on Sunday.
"Michy Batshuayi contracted an ankle injury during the derby game at Schalke and is likely to miss the remainder of the season," Dortmund announced in a tweet that offered some hope the prolific marksman could recover in time to feature at the FIFA World Cup. "An appearance for the Belgian national team at the World Cup in Russia remains a possibility. Get well soon, Michy!"
Batshuayi appeared to roll his left ankle following a challenge from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli, before being stretchered off deep into added time as Dortmund finished the Matchday 30 contest with ten men.
After Sunday's encounter, it was reported that the 24-year-old - a scorer of ten goals in 14 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund since agreeing a six-month loan switch from Chelsea in January - left the Veltins Arena on crutches.
Die Schwarzgelben must now look for attacking solutions as they seek to secure a top-four finish, with their remaining Bundesliga games coming against Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Mainz and Hoffenheim. BVB currently have a four-point cushion on fifth.