New injury blow for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar suffered a major injury setback on Tuesday, with Schalke confirming that the striker may require knee surgery.
Huntelaar, 30, has been struggling with his right knee since damaging ligaments during Schalke’s 4-0 defeat at Wolfsburg on Aug. 17.
The 2012 Bundesliga top scorer hoped to return to the Schalke team in time for the upcoming home games against Chelsea in Champions League and Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga.
But Huntelaar limped off the training pitch on Monday and on Tuesday, Schalke confirmed that his knee problems worsened. The club said that, over the next few days, a decision will be made if Huntelaar will need to undergo knee surgery and regardless of the decision, he will miss the Champions League clash against Chelsea at the Veltins Arena next Tuesday.
Schalke were dealt another blow with the news that Peru international Jefferson Farfan is also sidelined with a torn muscle, while Kevin-Prince Boateng is being treated in Munich for ongoing knee problems and will not be returning to Schalke before Friday, all but ruling him out for the Bundesliga match in Braunschweig on Saturday.
The injuries do not stop there either, with holding midfielders Jermaine Jones and Marco Hoger, left-back Sead Kolasinac and the nearly forgotten Kyriakos Papadopoulos four more Schalke players who have been struggling with knee problems.
The last man standing in Schalke’s attack now is Hungary international Adam Szalai, though he has also not seen much of the training pitch lately, with a high fever stopping him.
Schalke coach Jens Keller has reacted to the injury curse and, on Tuesday, promoted Royal Blues legend Gerald Asamoah, 35, from the club’s reserves to train with the first team.