Arm break rules out Schalke star for four weeks

04 October 2012 05:48

Schalke 04 will be without midfielder Julian Draxler for up to four weeks after the 19-year-old needed an operation having fractured his left arm in the Champions League 2-2 draw with Montpellier.

"If everything goes well, then he will be out for three to four weeks," said Schalke team doctor Thorsten Rarreck.

"I hope he can come back relatively quickly and can train with a protective cast."

Having equalised at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday, Draxler was taken to hospital having landed heavily on his lower arm after being felled in the area by Montpellier defender Garry Bocaly, who was sent off in the 52nd minute.

Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rifled home the resulting penalty to put Schalke 2-1 up before Montpellier's equalised in the 90th-minute.

Having made his second appearance for Germany in the win over Faroe Islands last month, Draxler will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Republic of Ireland in Dublin on October 12 and Sweden in Berlin on October 16.

He will also miss Schalke's Champions League trip to London to face Arsenal in their next Group B clash on October 24.

Source: AFP

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