Gelsenkirchen - The international break has brought yet more good news for FC Schalke 04 head coach Roberto Di Matteo as attacking duo Sidney Sam and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting moved a step closer to a first-team return after injury.
Sam rejoined full first-team training on Friday morning, while Choupo-Moting trained individually after overcoming a calf problem, the club confirmed via their official Twitter account.
27-year-old Sam, who hasn't featured since appearing as a substitute in the Royal Blues' Matchday 21
, has endured an injury-plagued first season in Gelsenkirchen after joining from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last summer. Cameroonian international Choupo-Moting, another summer signing, last featured in Matchday 24's
. Di Matteo's side, who
at the Veltins Arena last time out, have recently welcomed
, Sead Kolasinac and Leon Goretzka back into training, while
is also on the verge of a return.