Kirchhoff will undergo a further examination in Munich on Tuesday. "We considered keeping him here at first but after the second examination in Doha we sat down together and decided it made more sense for him to travel back to Germany," said Heldt.
"Jan originally thought the injury was not all that serious and he'd be able to resume training after a short break but then the x-rays in Doha revealed the ligament damage," Heldt continued. "I'm not overly concerned, however. Jan will be out for about a fortnight all told."
Schalke's general manager holds the versatile defender in great esteem. "He's settled in quickly and been made to feel very welcome. It was all going really well – but for that tackle," he said.