Schalke were dealt a huge blow today as it was announced that captain Benedikt Höwedes was set for another lengthy injury spell.

The World Cup winner only recently returned from Ankle and a hand injury in November.

However, during Schalke mid-season training camp in America, the 27-year-old has been hit with another injury setback. This setback will see Andre Breitenreiter without the centre-back until mid-April.

There is only one solution for the Schalke head coach and that is to look for a replacement in January.

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