Photo: Arsenal and Manchester United linked Benedikt Howedes suffers ankle ligament damage

Benedikt Howedes suffered an injury for Schalke at the weekend.

German international Bendikt Howedes will end the season on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury at the weekend.

The defender was taken to hospital after being stretchered off for Schalke during their 1-0 win over FC Paderborn.

Schalke confirmed via their official twitter feed that Howedes has suffered ankle ligament damage, although it is unclear as yet as to how long he will be out for.

The Mirror reported earlier this year that Howedes is a transfer target for both Manchester United and Arsenal.

The defender was part of Germany's World Cup winning side, even hitting the woodwork in the final against Argentina.

His injury is a blow for Schalke who are in fifth place with one game remaining against relegation threatened Hamburg, as they hope to try and finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Howedes told SkySports earlier this season he is open to playing abroad, and the 25-year-old would be surely more determined to move on if they miss out on the top four.

His injury could be a sticking point however if he is out for a lengthy period. The worst case scenario would be the delay Jack Wilshere suffered due to his ankle ligament knock this season, injured in November and returning in May.

This would make him borderline to return before the transfer window closes and ruin his chances of a transfer, but the best case scenario is he is just out for weeks and would be fit to start pre-season for whoever he is playing for in July.

Howedes would be an excellent addition for either Arsenal or Manchester United this summer, versatile in defence and a natural leader. His injury casts a little doubt over his availability, but don't expect it to put off interested parties if he can make a swift recovery.

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