CLINT WADDELL - Wednesday, December 1, 2010
American midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended from the first team along with defender Hans Sarpei and midfielder Alexander Baumjohann.
The three players will be training with Schalke's amateur team in the 4. Bundesliga until the winter break.
Magath justified his actions by saying that Baumjohann and Sarpei were suspended for the deficits during training, while for Jones, it was based on his performance in games. Jones was pulled at halftime in Schalke's 0-5 loss to Kaiserslautern last weekend.
This isn't the first time that head coach Felix Magath has taken action against Jones this season. He was left out of the Schalke squad that faced St. Pauli earlier this year following comments he made in the media. Jones had said that he felt that he "could have left the club this past summer and it wouldn't have mattered to anyone".
Jones had also criticized the system employed by Magath. He had stated that he used to have more space in the center of the midfield which was complementary to his mobility and that he has felt more restricted this season.
Jones just returned from a long break due to injury this past summer. He has a contract that is valid until 2014.
Schalke is currently in 15th place in the standings, just three points better than last-place Mönchengladbach.
Jones has been linked to several transfer rumors in the last few months, most notably to VfL Wolfsburg, Magath's previous team.