Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 starlet has taken another step in his quest to return to match fitness.

The 20-year-old Germany attacking midfielder started running exercises on Wednesday for the first time since picking up an injury in the UEFA Champions League victory against FC Basel 1893 on 11 December.

Draxler is expected to return to team training next week, and could be fit in time for Schalke's Matchday 21 encounter away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.