The word for Ralf Fährmann’s Schalke #1 net-minder is, as predicted, very dour. After sustaining what appeared to be an abdominal injury, the 36-year-old had to be subbed off against Dortmund over the weekend. On Tuesday, the club announced that the keeper had broken a rib and was going to be out indefinitely.
The Königsblauen announced on Monday that Frederick Rønnow’s back-up remains weeks away from a return with groin problems. William Furtado will miss time with a non-corona-related illness, the club also reported. Defender Matija Nastasic also formally joins the ranks of the long-term injured reserve; he suffered a hairline fracture in his foot on crutches after it was found. He would possibly be left out for a month or more because of the seriousness of his injury.
On Tuesday, the Knappen team training session featured an absurdly small number of players. All individually trained are Shkodran Mustafi, Nabil Bentaleb, Matthew Hoppe, and Sead Kolasinac, meaning that four more players are carrying some kind of caution-requiring injuries. Mark Uth, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Kilian Ludewig, Salif Sané, Gonçalo Paciencia, Steven Skrzybski, and Kilian Ludewig remain expressly exempt from their return for the next two weeks.