Ibrahim Afellay set for Barcelona return from Schalke

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates with Ibrahim Afellay
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Horst Heldt hints that Schalke are not willing to retain the services of on-loan winger Ibrahim Afellay.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has hinted that winger Ibrahim Afellay could return to Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Netherlands international, who is currently on a season-long loan at the German club, has not featured for the Royal Blues since November because of hamstring and thigh injuries.

"I assume he will be leaving us," Horst told Bild. "Ibrahim is still in treatment in the Netherlands.

"The rehabilitation is co-ordinated with us, we are informed about everything. Of course it is a great pity that he has not been around so far.

"We as a club are registered for the season, for us the identification of a player with the club is very important. Injured players attending our home games is not mandatory, the initiative must come from the professionals themselves."

Afellay joined Barcelona from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in January 2011.

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