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Schalke star midfielder Leon Goretzka has been ruled out of his side’s Bundesliga Matchday 15 tie away to Borussia M├Ânchengladbach this weekend due to an injury in his lower leg.

The Royal Blues announced that the 22-year-old is still suffering from a persistent and painful stress reaction in bones in his lower leg. He will undergo further tests this week before a decision is made as to when he can resume training.

Goretzka has struggled with injuries this season and was out of action for several days in the summer due to a thigh strain, while he has already missed four league games due to this most recent issue.

The Germany international returned to action as a substitute for Weston McKennie in the 4-4 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13, and also started on the bench in his side’s 2-2 stalemate with Cologne last weekend, with coach Domenico Tedesco eager to ease him back in gently. McKennie is expected to start in midfield again this weekend in Goretzka’s place.

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