Julian Draxler will miss the Ruhr derby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday because of suspension.
The 21-year-old attacker was sent off in Schallke’s Bundesliga clash against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend for kicking out at Carlos Zambrano on the ground.
It was a bad-tempered action from the Germany international and very uncharacteristic of him, something that Christoph Metzelder believes that he is unlikely to repeat.
‘My feeling is that he is extremely motivated’, the former Real Madrid defender told Goal.com. ‘I know he demands a lot from himself, more than he delivers at the moment.
‘What led to the red card was too much motivation in my eyes. He is usually not the type of player who gets provoked easily’.
Schalke’s game against Frankfurt ended in a 2-2 draw, but the Royal Blues will miss Draxler against Dortmund, who will be looking to pick up maximum points and regain momentum in their quest for the Bundesliga title.
Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Draxler in the January transfer market, with reports claiming that their deadline-day bid for the 2014 World Cup winner was rebuffed by Schalke.
The Premier League giants did not come back for the £37 million-rated youngster in the summer transfer window, but his stock has been rising this season.
Draxler was arguably the best player on the pitch during Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League Group G earlier this month.
The absence of the German star could prove to be vital for Schalke against Dortmund.