Gelsenkirchen - looks to be on the verge of a return to action for FC Schalke 04 after completing a first-team training session for the first time since tearing cruciate knee ligaments in January.

The 26-year-old keeper emerged from Monday's session unscathed and could potentially be in a line for a first-team return on 5 April, when Schalke take on Augsburg at the SGL Arena.

Wellenreuther standing in

With Fährmann's understudy waylaid by an adductor injury, the Schalke goal has been kept in recent weeks by 19-year-old Timon Wellenreuther. The rookie made his debut against FC Bayern München and appeared in both legs of Schalke's ill-fated UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid CF.

Meanwhile, defender Kaan Ayhan has been ruled out for several weeks after picking up a capsular ligament injury in Turkey Under-21's 2-0 friendly victory over Denmark last Friday. It remains to be seen whether the 20-year-old will recover his fitness before the end of the season.