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Schalke shorn of injured Höwedes

Published: Sunday 4 March 2012, 18.30CET
UEFA Europa League hopefuls FC Schalke 04 will be without Benedikt Höwedes in their round of 16 tie with FC Twente after the centre-back suffered a thigh injury on Saturday.
Schalke shorn of injured Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes will miss Schalke's tie with Twente ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Sunday 4 March 2012, 18.30CET

Schalke shorn of injured Höwedes

UEFA Europa League hopefuls FC Schalke 04 will be without Benedikt Höwedes in their round of 16 tie with FC Twente after the centre-back suffered a thigh injury on Saturday.

UEFA Europa League hopefuls FC Schalke 04 will be deprived of the services of Benedikt Höwedes for the next few weeks after the Germany defender suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left thigh in Bundesliga action on Saturday.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury during Schalke's 2-1 defeat at SC Freiburg and had to be replaced after 53 minutes. "My foot got caught up in the pitch while I was sprinting and that's when I felt a sudden pain going through my thigh," explained Höwedes on his club's website.

It is the third injury Höwedes has suffered this season, following a knee problem and a broken cheekbone. As a result, Schalke will face FC Twente without the centre-back in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 opener in the Netherlands on Thursday, as well as the return meeting in Gelsenkirchen a week later.

Last updated: 04/03/12 18.48CET

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