Schalke sends Coke on loan to Levante

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Schalke has announced Coke is to join Levante on loan after the winter break in order to get more first-team football.

The defender joined the Bundesliga side from Sevilla in July 2016 but suffered a major cruciate ligament injury on his debut.

After recovering, Coke started seven league matches at the end of last season but he has been restricted to a single minute of league action this campaign.

"The loan deal — designed to give the Schalke man some game time at the side currently 15th in La Liga — will start on January 1 2018 and will last until June 30 2018," a Schalke statement read.

"The 30-year-old’s contract at Schalke does not expire until 30 June 2019."

Schalke is second in the Bundesliga after 16 league games, nine points behind defending champion Bayern Munich.