Poulsen - Injury blessing in disguise

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SCHALKE midfielder Christian Poulsen says that his current injury could be a blessing in disguise.

The Danish international playmaker is a key member of Schalke's side and will be missed.

Poulsen is sad to be missing out, but says that the rest will enable him to get over his thigh injury properly.

"You always long to play, not the least in front of 60,000 spectators at Schalke's ground, but it is not just a negative that I get a break," said Poulsen.

"There is also the positive side that I get the chance to get rid of a thigh injury.

"That will hopefully mean that I will regain full fitness for coming club and international matches.

"I am really happy to have got to play so much in my first Bundesliga season. That I had not expected.

"But it's also luck involved. I had long been running around risking to be suspended for a fifth yellow card after picking up four in the first ten matches."