John Brooks returned from a two-month injury layoff to make his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg in Saturday's draw with Schalke, and it was like the USA international had never been away.

Brooks became an inspirational figure at boyhood club Hertha Berlin with a series of towering displays at the heart of central defence, and it is easy to see why Wolfsburg were so keen to bring him to Lower Saxony this summer. Unfortunately for the American international, a thigh injury on his competitive debut in the DFB Cup prevented him from making his Bundesliga bow with the Wolves until Matchday 10, when they played out a 1-1 draw at Schalke.

Despite of being out of action for over 10 weeks, the imposing Brooks looked his usual composed self against the Royal Blues, completing all but one of his 54 passes during the game. He also won 12 tackles - more than any of his teammates - and had 76 touches, which was the second most of any player on the pitch after his defensive partner Felix Uduokhai.

There was little Brooks could do to prevent Nabil Bentaleb giving Schalke the lead from the penalty spot before half-time, but he continued to encourage and galvanise his teammates right up until Divock Origi's 93rd-minute equaliser, which earned the Wolves a potentially vital point.  

Brooks became the most expensive American footballer of all time when he left Hertha for Wolfsburg, and coach Martin Schmidt will no doubt be delighted to have the 24-year-old back at his disposal as he looks to plug some holes in a defence that has only managed a single clean sheet in the Bundesliga all season.

The Wolves have drawn their last six league outings and haven't won a game since Matchday 2, but with the "Wall of Wolfsburg" back in the fold it should only be a matter of time before they get their campaign properly up and running.

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