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Sead Kolasinac in line to start for Schalke 04 against Hoffenheim

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Schalke 04 coach Christian Gross has praised Sead Kolasinac ahead of Saturday's game with Hoffenheim, which will see the 27-year-old make his first start since his move from Arsenal.
Sead Kolasinac.
Sead Kolasinac.
Sead Kolasinac is in line to make his first Schalke 04 appearance since 2017 when the Gelsenkirchen side take on Hoffenheim on Saturday with the hope of putting an end to their winless streak of 30 league games.

The 27-year-old, who left Schalke for Arsenal around three and a half years ago, recently returned to his ex-club on loan until the end of the season.

And speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Hoffenheim, Schalke coach Christian Gross left no doubt that the 27-year-old Arsenal loanee will come into his line-up for Saturday's game.

"He has made a very good impression. He's a big personality and has a lot of experience of being under pressure that can help us," Gross told reporters.

"He pushes us forward in a positive way."

Kolasinac is a natural left-back, but Gross is toying with the idea of playing him in midfield.

"Sead will play in the defensive position he's used to. I've considered putting him in defensive midfield but we'll have to see," said the Schalke coach.

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