Fans of the Football Manager game will instantly recognise the name of Breel Embolo, but fans of the Bundesliga may have let the name slip from their minds following a lengthy injury lay-off. Now though the young striker is chomping at the bit ready to resurrect his career at the Veltins Arena.
Cast your minds back to last summer when Schalke made the Swiss forward their club record signing splashing out €21 million to sign the wonderkid from FC Basel. The Königsblauen beat off competition from a number of high profile clubs to get their man and the future looked rosy with the youngster looking to make an impact as the heir apparent to Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
The season began on the bench for the opening games before the 19-year old made his mark on his full home debut against Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday six. Two goals and a man of the match display in a 4-0 win meant that Embolo had arrived in style.
What should have been the start of a successful season however turned sour in Schalke’s next match away at Augsburg. A nasty challenge from Kostas Stafylidis saw the frontman stretchered off with a fractured ankle after just 24 minutes. Further medical investigation revealed a rupture to his syndesmosis and medial collateral ligament. Season over.
Now though Embolo is on the comeback trail and looking forward to starting where he left off last season. And how Schalke need that to happen. With Huntelaar (now left) only scoring twice in sixteen games, and Franco Di Santo failing to score last season, the club brought in Guido Burgstaller from Nürnberg. The Austrian hit nine bagged nine goals, but it will be Embolo that they will be looking to this season to hit the back of the net.
Last season was a disaster for the Gelsenkirchen side finishing outside of the European places for the first time in eight years and dispensing with their coach Markus Weinzierl after just 12 months in charge. New trainer Domenico Tedesco will want a fit and healthy Breel Embolo back in a Royal Blue shirt as soon as possible.
“The doctors have given me the green light. I feel very good and am in no pain” Embolo has told the club’s website. “It is a fantastic feeling to be working again with the team. I really enjoy that but I am still not able to do everything. I currently am sitting out the more intense exercises in training since they are quite a bit more demanding physically. However I am increasing my load day by day.
“We need to put last season behind us. We didn’t finish as high in the league as we wanted to. Now we are determined to do better. My biggest aim is to get through next season without picking up any injuries. Obviously I want to score and set up goals as a striker.”
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