Berlin - Schalke 04 captain Benedikt Hoewedes is expected to return to team training next month after recovering from a serious ligament injury, coach Andre Breitenreiter said on Wednesday.
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The Germany defender sustained a partial ligament tear in his left ankle back in May and has been working on his comeback with individual training sessions.
"Bene is on a good track," Breitenreiter told reporters. "Realistically speaking it will still take two or three weeks before he can train again with the team."
Initial hopes of the 27-year-old being ready for the start of the season were dashed due to a longer than expected recovery.
Schalke, who missed out on a Champions League spot last season, are in fourth place with four points from their opening two Bundesliga matches.