Schalke have been hit by the news attacking duo Mark Uth and Breel Embolo have been sidelined until the new year due to injury issues.
Uth picked up a thigh injury during the weekend’s 3-0 Bundesliga defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt which meant the 27-year-old had to withdraw from the Germany squad for this week’s friendly against Russia and a huge Nations League clash with the Netherlands.
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And fellow forward Embolo was immediately returned to the club after linking up with the Switzerland squad when a scan revealed that he had a fracture in his left foot.
Royal Blues coach Domenico Tedesco will be unable to call on both players until after the winter break while he is also still without Germany Under-21 striker Cedric Teuchert, who has been sidelined since mid-October due to a hip injury.