Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury during his side’s 1-1 draw with Hannover on Sunday evening.

The USA international came off the bench in the 63rd minute at the VELTINS Arena, replacing Bayern Munich-bound Leon Goretzka in central midfield. However, he only lasted 20 minutes on the field, as a clash of knees in a tackle with Hannover’s Felix Klaus left the 19-year-old clutching his right knee.

He tried to continue after the original challenge and hobbled on for a few seconds, before going to ground again in obvious discomfort. After a brief examination on the pitch from the club’s medical staff, he was then escorted off for further treatment, with Benjamin Stambouli coming on in his stead.

To make matters worse for the Royal Blues, who were leading 1-0 at that stage, Hannover went on to score the equaliser just two minutes later when Niclas Füllkrug fired in from close range, extending Schalke’s winless run to seven Bundesliga outings.

“We dropped two points today,” said Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco afterwards. “There were enough counter attack opportunities for us to have made more out of. We just have to accept that we were too passive in the second half and that the final pass was lacking.”

A full diagnosis on the extent of McKennie’s injury is expected on Monday.

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