BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, July 18, 2010
With German Bundesliga teams currently ramping up in preseason, Schalke's American midfielder Jermaine Jones has made his long awaited return to competitive action over the weekend.
Jones, 28, has not played since May 2009 when he suffered a fracture in his leg. While he was injured he filed with FIFA for a one-time switch from Germany, whom he represented at the youth level, to the US.
Jones' injury has prevented him from playing with the US national team to date but he could be part of the team for the 2014 cycle.
Jones on Sunday played 45 minutes for Schalke in their 1-0 win over Jagiellonia Białystok of Poland. He also played a half on Friday for Schalke when they defeated a local amateur team 6-0.
Jones suffered numerous setbacks on his road to recovery. On May 25, German publication Kicker reported that Jones traveled to Los Angeles to have a pin placed in his shin by US national team doctor Bert Mandelbaum.
Since then, Jones' recovery has improved without incident and he hopes to be in action for Schalke's Bundesliga opening game on August 21 when they take on Hamburger SV.