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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi works on ankle injury in rehab pool

  • Michy Batshuayi is stepping up his attempts to be fit for the 2018 World Cup
  • His season came to an end when he suffered ankle ligament damage
  • Batshuayi is back at Chelsea after his loan at Dortmund was cut short 

Michy Batshuayi is stepping up his attempts to be fit for the 2018 World Cup, after posting a video of him training to Instagram. 

Batshuayi is back at Chelsea’s training ground after his season-long loan to Borussia Dortmund was cancelled because of ankle ligament damage. 

The Belgian striker faces a race against time to be fit for this summer’s tournament in Russia, but is giving himself every chance as he returns to rehab at the Blues’ facility in Cobham. 

Michy Batshuayi is stepping up his attempts to be fit for the 2018 World Cup with Belgium 

The pool at Cobham is fitted with a Hydrotherapy treadmill with depth, incline and video recording facility.

The technology allows for players to run underwater, building their fitness levels without applying any weight to injured muscles and ligaments in the legs. 

Batshuayi trained in the pool, in order to avoid putting too much stress on his still tender ankle, as he aims to restore strength before training fully again. 

The 24-year-old's season came to an end when he suffered ankle ligament damage

The 24-year-old’s season came to an end when he suffered ankle ligament damage

He took part in agility drills, throwing a ball back and forth to a trainer while going to and from cones, as well as running and stretching. 

Batshuayi, known for his charismatic persona both on the pitch and on social media, seemed back in good spirits, smiling and gesturing as he recovers from his injury setback.

He had been in superb form for Dortmund after joining on loan in January due to a lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea. He scored nine goals in 14 games for the German side.

However he suffered ankle ligament damage in a Bundesliga game against Schalke, bringing his time in Germany to a premature end. 

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