Arsenal target Draxler cleared for return to light training ahead of February comeback

It had been rumoured that the Schalke star could face up to three months out after rupturing tendons in his ankle, but scans have shown he is likely to be fit in a matter of weeks
By Hassan Talib Haji

Schalke star and Arsenal target Julian Draxler is expected to return to light training as early as next week after undergoing scans on his injured ankle, Goal can reveal.

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It had been suggested that the 20-year-old had ruptured ligaments and would be out of action for three months, but those fears have been dispelled following tests with Germany national team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt on Thursday.

He is now expected to return to action in mid-February.

"Julian will start running training next week," his agent, Roger Wittmann, told Goal.

"This was arranged and agreed with the medical doctors. He's on course."

Goal exclusively revealed on January 11 that Arsene Wenger is plotting a January move for Draxler, and plans to convert the left-sided attacker into a central striker, like Robin van Persie or Thierry Henry.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt insisted on Wednesday that the club are yet to received a concrete offer for Draxler's services, but previously admitted that a January exit is possible.

Last summer, Draxler signed a new contract which will run until 2018 and contains a €45 million (£37.5m) buy-out clause.