New Varela blow for Schalke
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schalke midfielder Gustavo Varela has been hit by a new long-term injury blow.Schalke midfielder Gustavo Varela has been hit by a new long-term injury blow.
The Uruguay international has been on the sidelines with a knee injury picked up playing for his country last November.
He returned to team training on Thursday only to suffer a recurrence of the old ligament injury.
"I reckon he'll be out for between four and six months," said Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick.
"Looking at it realistically we can only expect him to be fit in time for the new season."
Better news for Rangnick is that short-term injury victims Gerald Asamoah, Sven Vermant and Niels Oude Kamphuis returned to training on Thursday and should all be available for selection when the Royal Blues continue their Bundesliga title challenge at home to Nurnberg on Saturday.