Julian Draxler Injury: Updates on Schalke Star's Hamstring and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

Argentina's Javier Mascherano, left, and Germany's Julian Draxler challenge for the ball during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler won't be appearing for Germany when the World Cup champions take on Scotland in this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifying fixture.     

The 20-year-old played a little over a half an hour against Argentina on Wednesday before leaving the friendly with an apparent hamstring injury, per Fox Soccer Trax:

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31 First change for Germany as Podolski replaces Draxler who seems to taken a knock in the hamstring area - precautionary it appears

Germany coach Joachim Low made quite a few changes from the team that lifted the World Cup trophy back in July. According to FourFourTwo's Alex Chaffer, Draxler was one of seven changes in the squad:

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Reus and Gomez return to start, Draxler also in. 7 changes from World Cup final, not including position changes.

Draxler has been one of the most in-demand talents in Europe over the past few seasons. In the last two years, he's appeared in 56 Bundesliga matches for Schalke, scoring 12 goals and assisting on nine more, per WhoScored.com.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein reported in June that Draxler had an offer from Arsenal on the table during the January transfer window, but he decided to remain with Schalke.

Considering the injury doesn't appear to be serious, Draxler shouldn't miss much, if any time with his club, which takes on Borussia Monchengladbach on Sept. 13. Four days after that, Schalke meet Chelsea in the Champions League.

In order for Schalke to retain their place in the continental competition, Draxler will need to remain healthy and effective. No player is more important to the club's future than him.

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