Schalke's new signing Coke will be sidelined after suffering a knee injury in a friendly on Thursday.
The 29-year-old defender, who only completed his move from Sevilla on Wednesday, suffered damage to the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during his debut for his new club against Bologna.
He is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines as the new Bundesliga season begins.
Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes would like to play abroad once his contract has expired in 2020, but is targeting more silverware with the Royal Blues in the meantime.
Howedes, 28, came through Schalke's youth ranks before making his Bundesliga debut in 2007 and going on to play 289 games for them.
In February, he renewed his deal at the Veltins Arena until 2020, and he is determined to upset the balance of power in the Bundesliga.
"Going to bigger clubs to win the league is relatively easy," he...
New Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said that no footballer is worth €50 million in light of Leroy Sane transfer to Manchester City.
On Tuesday, City unveiled the signing of 20-year-old German international Sane, who penned a five-year-deal.
Heidel, 53, who left Mainz to become the new sporting director this summer, shared some details with German press agency dpa after the deal was finalised.
"Leroy didn't leave any doubts that he wanted to depart this summer," he said. "How...
Former Chelsea left-back Abdul Rahman Baba has said coach Antonio Conte told him he could leave on loan because his playing style is too attacking.
Rahman, 22, joined Bundesliga club Schalke on a one-year loan deal this summer, with the deal finalised on Tuesday.
He told local paper Ruhr Nachrichten: "Antonio Conte advised me to leave the club on loan.
"He told me that he wants to implement a defensive philosophy -- I'm an attack-minded player and wouldn't have featured in many games."