Turner: Shrews display pleasing
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is hopeful of returning to the Schalke side
for this Sunday’s Bundesliga match against Hamburg after returning
to training following a six-week lay-off.
The 29-year-old has not played since scoring in their 2-1
victory over Dortmund in early April and his return to action would
be a welcome boost for Jens Keller’s side, who have won only two of
six in his absence.
Schalke are currently fourth and occupy the last Champions
League spot for next season’s competition, however just two points
separate them and the four sides below them, with four matches
Huntelaar has struck 11 times for Schalke this season and
believes he could have an opportunity to add to that tally this
“For the first training session that was very good! I have had
no problems with the knee. I am optimistic for Sunday,” Huntelaar
told German newspaper Bild.
Hamburg are one of those sides within touching distance of
Schalke and after seeing his side miss multiple chances in last
weekend’s 1-0 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, captain Benedikt
Howedes is desperate for the club’s star striker to return.
“We were in Frankfurt too inconsistent in front of goal, six big
opportunities missed,” he said.
“Klaas-Jan is always good for a goal. He is a weapon. Even if it
only was as a substitute, we would do well!”
Left-back Jacobson, promoted to stand-in skipper for the last
two games, struck from 20 yards in the 49th minute to sink one of
his former clubs on Tuesday night.
Turner was pleased with the display of his charges, once again
packed with young players to provide energy, as they climbed above
the Latics in the lower reaches of the League One table.
He said: “I think he’s risen to his role as captain. He’s put in
two tremendous performances and that might have just given him that
little bit of responsibility.
“We showed a lot of energy for this stage of the season, a lot
of brightness in our play.
“We played some good stuff, some real pacy football and I was
pleased with the manner we performed.”