Nabil Bentaleb recalled to Schalke first team after three months of suspension
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Nabil Bentaleb recalled to Schalke first team after three months of suspension

Algerian international Nabil Nabil Bentaleb has returned to Schalke's first-team training after three months of suspension.

The midfielder was suspended by Schalke in November 2020 after a disagreement with head coach Christian Gross but after the club management held a meeting with the duo, it was agreed that the player returns to aid the team.

According to Bundesliga news, the former Newcastle man could even be included in the matchday squad for the trip to Union Berlin on Saturday, when prolific US teen Matthew Hoppe and club legend Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will hope to fire the Bundesliga’s bottom club to just their second win.

Bentaleb joined Schalke in 2016 from Tottenham Hotspur and scored at least three goals in each campaign - including the 2016/17 Bundesliga Goal of the Season. He also weighed in with eight assists in that time, but he then suffered injury problems before spending the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Newcastle.

Since his return to Gelsenkirchen, Bentaleb has featured just eight times in all competitions during 2020/21. He last played as a substitute in a 2-0 home defeat against Wolfsburg on Matchday 8.

In his absence, the club has only picked five points in 12 league matches. They are placed at the bottom of the Bundesliga log and have 14 games left to save themselves from relegation.

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