Klaas jan Huntelaar has been ruled out for at least four weeks after picking up an injury in Schalke’s 4-0 defeat to Wolfsburg.

huntelaar 3Huntelaar came off at half time on Saturday with his side still at 0-0, after injuring his knee, when he went into a challenge with Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio. The injury was at first considered to be bruising, but on closer examination, it has turned out to be worse than first feared..

Today Schalke have released a statement on their website stating Huntelaar has ruptured a ligament in his right knee, and the clubs doctors believe he will be out for several weeks.

This will come as a major blow to Schalke, who face PAOK in the Champions League qualifier this week, with Huntelaar set to miss the first and second leg. The Dutch international scored twice in the first game of the Bundesliga season against Hamburg, and had wanted to get off to a good start, having missed a lot of games through injury last season.

It is still to be seen, whether Huntelaar will be fit in time for the next Netherlands World Cup qualifiers against Estonia, and Andorra at the start of next month.

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