Klass Jan Out For Four Weeks
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remains confident he will be back for the middle of September despite being ruled out for four weeks
Huntelaar was ruled out today after sustaining a shoulder injury after a heavy fall as a result of falling off a ladder in his native Holland as he lifted down his Mum and Dad’s suitcases from their attic and fell over 12 ft to rthe bottom floor of their Villa in Amsterdam.
KJH “ Today is a very bad day for me , I was already and set for the start of the season but a freak accident has stopped my progress , I feel like I have let the fans and my team down by obtaining such a stupid and ridiculous injury so close to the season starting and I apologise particularly to Cristoph as we already have a stretched squad and with my stupidity we now only have two recognised strikers at the club.”
“However I remain upbeat and confident that I can be in training and back playing within a month and that will be my focus until I can play again “
On 31 August 2010, German club Schalke 04 and Milan reached an agreement to sell Huntelaar to the Bundesliga side for a fee of €14 million.On 19 September 2010, he scored his first goal for Schalke in a 3–1 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund.He scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match against Olympic Lyon on 24 November 2010. On 21 May 2011, Huntelaar scored a brace against MSV Duisburg in the 2011 DFB-Pokal Final, securing a 5–0 win for Schalke, the club's fifth DFB-Pokal championship and their first major trophy in nine years.
On 31 July 2011, Huntelaar started alongside Raul in a DFB-Pokal match against FC Teningen. Huntelaar found the net four times in an 11–1 thrashing of the Landesliga Südbaden side.After falling 3–0 away to VfB Stuttgart on the opening day of the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, Schalke and Huntelaar rebounded well by defeating 1. FC Köln 5–1 at the Veltins Arena. Köln went up 1–0 in the early stages thanks to a Lukas Podolski goal, but Huntelaar netted a hat-trick as his side ran rampant in the second half securing their first points of the season. Huntelaar continued his good goal-scoring form the following weekend, finding the back of the net in the 57th minute against Mainz after being fed in by strike partner Raúl. Schalke had been down 2–0 after 12 minutes, but Huntelaar started a second-half rally that earned the visitors a 4–2 victory.On 25 August 2011, Huntelaar scored four goals, including two penalties, in a 6–1 win in the qualifying play-off round of the UEFA Europa League against HJK Helsinki, allowing Schalke to overturn a 2–0 first leg deficit and advance to the group stage 6–3 on aggregrate.
After the resignation of head coach Ralf Rangnick on 22 September 2011,former Royal Blues manager Huub Stevens returned to the team for their game against Hamburger SV on 2 October.Huntelaar powered his side to victory in Stevens' first game back, heading in a sensational opening goal and netting the winner in the 73' minute with a delightful flick past Jaroslav Drobný.Huntelaar has been in good form thus far in the 2011–12 season as he scored another hat-trick in a 4–1 win over FC Twente in the Europa League,taking his goal tally for the season to 38 goals in 37 appearances.
Meanwhile, Huntelaar himself said that "I think I still have one or two years before I reach my peak", because of his later physical development.
Following his hat-trick against Twente, Huntelaar scored the winning goal in Schalke's 4–1 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern on 18 March.He scored two more goals against Bayer Leverkusen on 24 March, helping his side to a 2–0 victory and propelling Schalke to third in the Bundesliga standings. Huntelaar's two goals continued his excellent run in Bundesliga and European play, bringing his goal tally to 40 from 39 games.
Huntelaar scored a second-half brace in the club's 3–2 victory over Werder Bremen on the last day of the season, earning his side automatic qualification into the group stage of the Champions League.The two goals also meant that Huntelaar finished the season with 29 goals from 34 league games, making him the first Dutch player to earn top scorer in the Bundesliga.On 23 December 2012, Schalke announced that Huntelaar signed a two-year contract extension to 30 June 2015