The Germany starlet was rumoured to be facing 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 weeksEXCLUSIVE
By Hassan Talib Haji
Schalke star Julian Draxler is expected to return to light training as early as next week after undergoing scans on his injured ankle.
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The 20-year-old, a transfer target for Premier League leaders Arsenal, 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."
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 buy-out clause.