Jermaine Jones, Alexander Baumjohann and Hans Sarpei have been dropped from the Schalke first-team squad as coach Felix Magath starts to make changes after the club's humiliating 5-0 defeat at Kaiserslautern.
Egypt were forced to come from behind to gain a share of the points in their opening CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Cairo, while Ghana and Nigeria scored comfortable home wins.
As clubs continue to search for that final piece of the jigsaw, FIFA.com has been keeping an eye on all the latest movements in the transfer market.
Last season's Bundesliga runners-up Schalke 04 have signed Ghana's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ defender Hans Sarpei on a two-year.
Having grown up in Germany and spent years in the Bundesliga, Hans Sarpei is uniquely qualified to analyse Ghana's decisive meeting with the three-time world champions.
Six months ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ghana are revelling in the emergence of a group of talented starlets at the Africa Cup of Nations.