Huntelaar suffers injury blow

Schalke are set to be without injured striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for a crucial run of fixtures at home and abroad.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 11:57 Post Comment

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The Holland international is facing up to several weeks on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage.

Huntelaar picked up the knock after colliding with his own goalkeeper during a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Having found himself back among the goals against the reigning Bundesliga champions, a spell on the treatment table comes at a bad time for the forward.

Schalke will also be cursing their luck, as they prepare to enter a potentially pivotal run of games.

They are pushing hard for a top-three finish domestically and face Galatasaray on Tuesday in the second leg of a UEFA Champions League last-16 encounter which is locked at 1-1.

Huntelaar's absence will be keenly felt in crunch clashes, but Schalke can console themselves in the knowledge that he will not require surgery.

Club captain Benedikt Howedes told Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung: "Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is going to be out due to injury. Fortunately he will not need to undergo surgery.

"We as a team hope to see Huntelaar recover quickly and we hope to have him back soon."

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