Schalke's Weston McKennie has declared himself match-fit to David Wagner, despite needing a splint to support the left shoulder he dislocated in December. - © imago
Schalke's Weston McKennie has declared himself match-fit to David Wagner, despite needing a splint to support the left shoulder he dislocated in December. - © imago
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Schalke’s Weston McKennie: "I try not to think about my shoulder splint"

Schalke and USA international midfielder Weston McKennie has revealed that he expects to have to play with a shoulder splint for the next "one to two months".

McKennie dislocated his left shoulder in Schalke’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on 15 December 2019, but managed to avoid surgery.

The 21-year-old returned to action ahead of schedule on Matchday 18, appearing as an 80th-minute substitute for Jonjoe Kenny in the 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

McKennie’s protective shoulder split was partially visible on his left arm during the game against Bayern. - Eibner-Pressefoto via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Eibner

He later admitted he is still feeling some discomfort in the problem area.

"I’m playing with a splint, and will probably do so for the next one to two months," McKennie told media on Tuesday. "It’s uncomfortable sometimes. I fell on it [against Bayern], but it was well supported and everything was OK."

McKennie seemingly felt no ill effects of that fall, and played 90 minutes of Schalke's 0-0 draw away to Jürgen Klinsmann’s Hertha Berlin on Matchday 20, his 15th league appearance of the season.

Watch: McKennie: "I try not to think about my shoulder splint"

"Sometimes I don’t think about it, sometimes I think about it when I go up for headers a little bit," he told bundesliga.com after the draw in Berlin.

"I think one of the headers I went up to, I jumped and I hit my head and I was like ‘oh no’, but you know, I try not to think about it too much. If it happens, if happens."

McKennie has begun 11 of Schalke’s 20 league assignments so far this season, having also missed a couple of games in the autumn with a muscular strain.

The 19-time US international is enjoying his third full campaign in the Bundesliga, and has already made over 75 appearances in all competitions for the Royal Blues.