Football: Dutch striker Huntelaar likely out until January, says his club Schalke

Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (above) will likely not return to action before January because of knee ligament damage, according to Schalke sporting director Horst Held. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (above) will likely not return to action before January because of knee ligament damage, according to Schalke sporting director Horst Held. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will likely not return to action before January because of knee ligament damage, according to Schalke sporting director Horst Held.

"We're going on the principle that he probably won't play during the first half of the season," Held told Sport 1 television channel.

Held said a decision on an operation would be taken in the "coming days", with the 30-year-old Huntelaar wanting a second opinion.

The German Bundesliga's top scorer in the 2011-12 season has played only three games this season, and his latest injury, in training on Monday, comes after two months on the sidelines with a ruptured ligament in the same right knee.