Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has left Schalke and returned to Holland to recover from his leg injury.

Afellay is on-loan at Schalke this season.

"It's really bizarre how this injury has gotten to me," he told Sports-Promotion.Nl.

"First my ligament injury at Barcelona, then my tendon injury in my upper leg. In the last eighteen months, I have spent more time recovering than playing.

"I know I have to pull through and I will. But there have been moments I doubted everything.

"Of course I want to be with the guys at Schalke. Preferably, I would wish them all the best for every match, and I would be there when they play.

"That's just how I am. If you make a choice with something, you have to stick to it. With that attitude I chose a loan period at Schalke."