Netherlands winger Ibrahim Afellay has joined Schalke on a season-long loan from Barcelona, both clubs have confirmed.
The 26-year-old arrived at Barca in
Afellay then picked up a serious cruciate ligament injury during pre-season training ahead of the 2011/12 campaign, only returning to action in April and barely featuring in the run-in.
He was nevertheless selected by Bert van Marwijk to be part of the Netherlands squad for what turned out to be a disappointing EURO 2012, and has since appeared in all of Barca's pre-season matches.
Royal Blues coach
"In Eindhoven Ibrahim played centrally, but he can also do a job on the left or right."