Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 captain returned to team training on Wednesday following a six-week spell on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.

Whether the German international will be fit in time to feature in the Royal Blues' upcoming encounter with SC Freiburg on Saturday is still unclear. Elsewhere, started a light fitness program on Wednesday, but will not return before the end of the season having been unavailable for selection due an inflamation of the pubic bone for the last four months. Coach Jens Keller, meanwhile, handed midfield superstar a day off from training to be with his wife, who recently gave birth.