Kevin Prince-Boateng picked up a knee injury for Schalke in the club’s last Bundesliga clash, but is making a speedy recovery.
The former Tottenham star made the move to Germany over the summer from AC Milan, and has acted as something of a talisman for the Gelsenkirchen club this season to date.
However, the 26-year-old picked up a knee injury in Schalke’s 4-1 win over Augsburg in his side’s last outing and it was feared that he would be on the sidelines for some time.
Despite the fact that Boateng will not play for Ghana in Tuesday’s crucial World Cup qualifying clash against Egypt, it is believed that he is making stellar recovery from the injury.
Schalke sporting director Horst Held has revealed that Boateng has the Chelsea game in his sights and has a good chance of featuring.
“There have been significant positive effects,” the Gelsenkirchen chief confirmed to Bild.
“Everyone is confident that the treatment is going to be effective.”
Chelsea face the German side in back-to-back fixtures that will surely play a major role in dictating whether the west London side can make it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.
The Bundesliga side have won both of their clashes to date in the group, and Chelsea have to go to Germany for the first game on October 22nd.
With the Blues surprisingly beaten at home by Basel in their group opener, the seemingly straight-forward task of qualifying has become all the more difficult.
Boateng failed to live up to his potential at Tottenham after a 2005 move from Hertha Berlin, making only 14 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane side.
An upturn in form at Portsmouth earned him a move to AC Milan, where he established himself as a first-team regular. Boateng was a fans’ favourite at the San Siro, but was allowed to leave this summer to join Schalke in a €15 million deal.
His time back in Germany has started well, with the African midfielder scoring three times in his first five appearances for his new club. Boateng’s energy and determination have instantly endeared him to the Schalke fans, and his presence has visibly lifted his team-mates at times this term.
Chelsea would have hoped that Boateng would miss the first clash of the sides in Germany, however with the Ghana international looking set to be fit, the Blues are in for a tough test.
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