The Schalke camp are busy putting in the groundwork ready for a busy few weeks at home and abroad © Imago
The Schalke camp are busy putting in the groundwork ready for a busy few weeks at home and abroad © Imago
Bundesliga

Almost all present and correct at bustling Schalke

Gelsenkirchen - It's been a positive start to the week for FC Schalke 04 after a wave of famous faces returned to team training following the international break.

'Great to be involved'

Japanese international

Atsuto Uchida

(foot), Dutch striker

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

(cold), homegrown midfield talent

Julian Draxler

(hamstring) and captain

Benedikt Höwedes

(international duty) took part in Tuesday's session alongside the likes of goalkeeper

Ralf Fährmann

(eardrum), academy products

Kaan Ayhan

(muscular) and

Max Meyer

(cold) and summer recruit

Sidney Sam

(international duty), who all reported for duty 24 hours earlier.

"It hurts a bit after some exercises, but not too much," Uchida told club website

www.schalke04.de

, having returned to Gelsenkirchen from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer nursing a number of niggling complaints. "I can do everything without any problems. Obviously it'd be great to be involved with the matchday squad, but that's down to the coach." Jens Keller's Royal Blues, who

took a point off FC Bayern München

on Matchday 2, travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in search of their first win of the season this coming weekend, before facing Premier League outfit Chelsea FC in their opening group fixture of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League on 17 September.