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Lamotte lay-off for Schalke

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2004, 11.37CET
FC Schalke 04 will possibly be without Fabian Lamotte for their first two UEFA Cup group stage matches.
 
 
Published: Tuesday 12 October 2004, 11.37CET

Lamotte lay-off for Schalke

FC Schalke 04 will possibly be without Fabian Lamotte for their first two UEFA Cup group stage matches.

FC Schalke 04 could be without defender Fabian Lamotte for their first two UEFA Cup group stage matches.

Basel test
The 21-year-old injured his right ankle playing for the Bundesliga club's reserves and will be out for at least a fortnight. The lay-off means Lamotte will be absent when Schalke begin their Group A campaign on 21 October at home to FC Basel 1893 of Switzerland, although he will hope to be fit for the trip to Scottish side Heart of Midlothian FC on 4 November.

Rangnick faith
Lamotte had struggled to earn a place under previous coach Jupp Heynckes but was given a chance as soon as Ralf Rangnick took charge, making his European bow in last month's first round second-leg victory against FHK Liepajas Metalurgs. The centre-back played the full 90 minutes as Schalke won 4-0 for a 9-1 aggregate success. He followed that with his first league appearance of the season in the 3-2 home win against VfL Bochum 1848 on 3 October.

 
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