Gelsenkirchen - As if travelling to the bear pit that is FC Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena this weekend were not enough, out-of-sorts FC Schalke 04 will now have to make do without star striker against the league leaders.

The Dutch international has been ruled out due to a burst blood vessel in his left eye - the same injury that prevented the Royal Blues' frontman from joining up with his national team to face Italy on Wednesday (1-1).

Bitter blow

Eye specialists will be monitoring Hunterlaar's condition closely over the next few days, before making a decision as to when the 29-year-old can return to action. His loss is a bitter blow, especially with left-back already suspended following a fifth booking of the season and doubtful after returning from international duty with a heavy cold.