The Dutchman, who endured an unhappy six-month stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, is available to face his old side after serving a four-match ban
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has admitted that is “itching” to return to action after nearly three weeks on the sidelines through suspension and is now hoping to take his frustration out on former employers Real Madrid.
The Netherlands international was hit with a four-game ban due to his dismissal for a reckless challenge on Manuel Schiemedach during his club’s Bundesliga win over Hannover on January 31.
Huntelaar has been forced to sit out three consecutive Schalke outings and he will also be unavailable for Saturday’s visit of Werder Bremen.
However, the Dutchman is free to play in Europe, meaning he will lead the Schalke attack in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16, first-leg meeting with Madrid.
“I’m itching to get going,” Huntelaar told reporters. “I’m finally allowed to play again!”
Schalke were routed 9-2 on aggregate by the same opponents at the same stage of last season’s competition, after being humiliated 6-1 in the first leg in front of their own fans in Gelsenkirchen.
Huntelaar is thus hoping that the German outfit do not make the same mistakes this time around.
“We gave away the last home match against Real Madrid too easily,” the striker added.
“We conceded too many goals through our own mistakes. We could have made it 1-1 and lost our heads when it was 3-1. We have to do things better this time.
“We want to be able to give the fans a decent result, but we’ll have to take our chances if that’s going to happen.”