Worst fears confirmed as Khedira suffers double cruciate ligament injury
Assisted off the pitch during Germany’s friendly international against Italy on Friday night, further tests have confirmed that Sami Khedira has suffered a serious knee injury.
The alarm bells began to ring when in the 66th minute of Germany’s friendly against Italy on Friday night, midfielder Sami Khedira went down in considerable pain, clutching his right knee. Quickly substituted, the Real Madrid player was assisted from the pitch, followed by reports after the match, that his knee injury was a serious one, having been transported straight to a medical clinic in Milan.
On Saturday morning, the German Federation confirmed the worst fears of their own, of Real Madrid and indeed, the Khedira himself; a double break in the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. the German national team’s medical chief and renown sports medicine expert, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfarth, confirmed that the player is now set to face at least six months on the sidelines and will have to undergo surgery to repair the damaged cruciate ligament, but tried to put a brave face on the severity of the injury, suggesting that “hopefully he can be back for the start of the World Cup.”
Upon hearing of the initial medical reports, German coach Joachim Löw was also disturbed by the poor prognosis, but also insisted that Khedira is a naturally determined player and person and was sure he’ll get through his current plight.
“It’s a tough blow for Sami and for us. He’s a great battler on and off the pitch, always thinking positively and that strength of character he has will help him during his recovery. I’m optimistic and believe he’ll be ready for the World Cup. We wish him all the best and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the surgery goes well and he can soon start his recovery.”
Meanwhile at Real Madrid, the news also comes as a heavy blow for manager Carlo Ancelotti, with Khedira having played a key part in his midfield planning so far this season. Fortunately however, Real Madrid don’t have a shortage of strength and depth amongst the midfield positions. Xabi Alonso is approaching full fitness after his own recent injury struggles, has already featured and would seem the most natural replacement.
Young Brazilian midfielder Casemiro could be given the opportunity to feature more prominently, whilst both Illarramendi and Isco can also offer plenty of options, along with Di María, who Ancelotti has suggested can operate in a number of positions, in the midfield role now vacated by Khedira.