McKennie returns as 27 players travel to Mittersill
On Friday, the Royal Blues travelled to their second pre-season training camp in Mittersill, Austria. 27 players are a part of the squad looking to make the final tweaks ahead of the start of the competitive season in just under two weeks’ time.
Weston McKennie has joined back up with the squad after reaching the final of the Gold Cup with the USA national team. Meanwhile, Salif Sané, who reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, will join up with the squad back in Gelsenkirchen.
S04 trio eye up return to full team training
Daniel Caligiuri, Alessandro Schöpf and Mark Uth are all aiming to return to full training during the camp, after lengthy spells out on the sidelines. In the Royal Blues’ recent training camp in Herzlake, the three were forced to train individually. Nassim Boujellab and Ozan Kabak have also travelled despite their injuries.
Three players from Schalke’s youth academy, the Knappenschmiede, have also travelled with the squad. Görkem Can, Marcel Langer and Levent Mercan again join up with the team, having also participated in the Herzlake training camp and made regular appearances in recent friendlies.
Three friendlies during the camp
Alongside intense training sessions, David Wagner’s side will also play three friendlies in Austria. On Monday 29th, FC Bologna will face Schalke in Kitzbühel at 18:00 CEST. Four days later, the Royal Blues will compete in a double-header of friendlies when they play Alanyaspor at 14:00 CEST and Villarreal at 18:00 CEST.
The following have travelled:
Goalkeepers: Michael Langer, Alexander Nübel, Markus Schubert
Defence: Görkem Can, Jonas Carls, Ozan Kabak, Jonjoe Kenny, Matija Nastasic, Bastian Oczipka, Benjamin Stambouli
Midfield: Nassim Boujellab, Daniel Caligiuri, Amine Harit, Marcel Langer, Omar Mascarell, Weston McKennie, Levent Mercan, Alessandro Schöpf, Suat Serdar, Sebastian Rudy
Attack: Guido Burgstaller, Ahmed Kutucu, Rabbi Matondo, Benito Raman, Fabian Reese, Steven Skrzybski, Mark Uth