Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he may limit his involvement with Gabon over the international break in order to be fully fit for the Revierderby.
Aubameyang, 27, has scored nine goals in his last five games across all competitions and knows how important it is for Dortmund to win against rivals Schalke at the Veltins-Arena.
"We have to be ready for the derby when I return from international duty," Aubameyang told Bild. "Everybody knows what's expected from us against Schalke, we have to win the derby.
"I am joining the national team first, but I will have a chat with the Gabon coach to see what we can do to ensure I do not return to Dortmund tired."
Dortmund are third in the Bundesliga and just three points behind second-placed Leipzig ahead of the game against Schalke on April 1.