Schalke 04's Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar capped a memorable
weekend, which included a training ground bust-up and his 25th
league goal of the season, by being stranded in Augsburg, it was
reported on Tuesday.
Huntelaar was photographed fighting with team-mate Jermaine Jones
in training on Saturday, and then scored as the Royal Blues drew
1-1 at Augsburg on Sunday only to be forgotten by his team-mates,
according to German daily Bild.
The 28-year-old netted in the first-half in Bavaria to make him
the Bundesliga's top scorer alongside Bayern Munich's Mario
But after answering a barrage of questions from waiting
journalists, Huntelaar discovered the Schalke team bus had left
without him en route to Munich airport, from where the squad were
due to fly back to Gelsenkirchen.
Local police helped him link up with the team bus so he could
catch the flight home, but he is not the first Bundesliga star to
be left behind in Bavaria.
Last month, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered
a similar fate after scoring the winning goal in extra time in
the German Cup semi-final at Greuther Fuerth.
"Someone counted double," admitted Schalke goalkeeper Lars
Unnerstall before captain Benedikt Hoewedes finally noticed
Huntelaar was missing.
"On a day like that, it can happen," said Schalke's general
manager Horst Heldt.
"It also happened to the champions," he added in reference to
Guendogan with Schalke currently lying third in the Bundesliga
table behind champions Dortmund and Bayern Munich.