26 players travel to training camp in Spain
The Royal Blues are on their way to Benidorm. FC Schalke 04 will make their preparations for a big second half of the season there until 12th January. The squad consists of 26 players alongside new face Seppo Eickhorn, who will immediately strengthen the coaching staff.
Attacking trio travel with squad
Mark Uth, Breel Embolo and Guido Burgstaller, who have all been nursing injuries recently, will make the trip to Spain. Once they’ve arrived in Benidorm it will be decided which training program each player will follow whilst at the camp.
Di Santo and Harit continue individual rehab
Franco Di Santo is still recovering from a torn patellar tendon and will continue his rehab away from Benidorm. The same goes for Amine Harit, who is yet to fully recover from his muscle problem. The Morocco international will continue his rehab with the medical staff at Schalke. Whether Harit will eventually travel to Spain or join up with the squad as they return on 12th January will be decided over the coming week. Johannes Geis and Abdul Rahman Baba will also not be travelling with the squad.
Four academy players to make trip to Spain
Under-19 striker Ahmed Kutucu, who scored his first Bundesliga goal against Stuttgart in the final game of the Hinrunde, joins Haji Wright from the Under-23s in making the trip to Benidorm. Wright himself scored his first Bundesliga goal the week before Kutucu against Bayer Leverkusen. Benjamin Goller, who made his professional debut against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League group stage, will also make the trip alongside Under-23 player, Philip Fontein.
Squad travelling to Benidorm:
Goalkeepers: Ralf Fährmann, Alexander Nübel, Michael Langer
Defenders: Hamza Mendyl, Matija Nastasic, Benjamin Stambouli, Sascha Riether, Bastian Oczipka, Salif Sané
Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Omar Mascarell, Suat Serdar, Nabil Bentaleb, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Sebastian Rudy, Daniel Caligiuri, Alessandro Schöpf, Benjamin Goller, Philip Fontein
Forwards: Mark Uth, Guido Burgstaller, Steven Skrzybski, Cedric Teuchert, Breel Embolo, Ahmed Kutucu, Haji Wright