Gelsenkirchen - has returned to first-team training with FC Schalke 04 ahead of Saturday's local derby with Borussia Dortmund after recovering from a shin injury.
Back in action
The club confirmed via their website that the Dutchman was enjoying himself on the training pitch after overcoming the injury suffered in his side's
to Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg last week.
The 31-year-old was withdrawn in the 33rd minute at the Veltins Arena against the European Champions following a hefty collision and was taken to a local hospital for tests. After the final whistle the club announced that the Dutchman had suffered a bruised shin but that he had been able to return to the stadium before the game ended. "Thank God he didn't break anything," sporting director Horst Heldt had added. Having recovered from the bruising and served a four-game domestic suspension for a dismissal on Matchday 18
, the 69-time Netherlands international will be available to make his Royal-Blue return in Saturday's
against Borussia, and should also be fit to feature in the second leg against Real Madrid on 10 March.