Big blow for Real Madrid and Germany as Khedira goes down to ACL and MCL injury
It appears Real Madrid and Germany have lost Sami Khedira for the next couple of months. The Real Madrid midfielder was left on the ground in pain after tearing up his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 1-1 draw against Italy. The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed this news, although they were unable to predict the time of his recovery.
Sami Khedira now faces a long and hard battle to recover before the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 26-year-old central midfielder had to limp off pitch after colliding with Italy’s midfielder Andrea Pirlo just after the hour mark. Khedira was immediately taken to a hospital in Milan where he received initial treatment for his injury.
Khedira’s ACL and MCL injury will keep him busy till the summers next year. Khedira can recover before the end of the season, but for that the Germany international will have to work hard over his fitness.
In his official press statements Dr. Mueller-Wohlfahrt, doctor of the Germany national team, confirmed the news of the injury and explained the recovery process.
“Sami needs to undergo surgery, but we have hope that he will be fit in time for the World Cup,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt said.
The atmosphere was tense in the German dressing room after the game. Germany coach Joachim Loew believes the injury is a “severe setback”. Nonetheless, Loew insists Khedira has a very good chance of participating in the World Cup next year.
“He is a great personality and fighter on and off the pitch,” Loew said. “He always thinks positive. That will help him and therefore I am optimistic that he will be fit in time for the start of the World Cup in Brazil.
“We wish him all the best and keep our fingers crossed that the surgery will go well and he can soon start his rehab.”
Khedira has capped 44 times for Germany. The former VfB Stuttgart midfielder has been in the heart of German midfielder ever since Michael Ballack hung up his boots on the wall. Khedira rose to fame after the 2010 World Cup. Khedira’s spectacular performance in the midfield helped the German team go deep into the tournament.
Khedira’s injury has Loew thinking that perhaps it is wise to rest a couple of his other key players. Loew plans to bench Mesut Ozil, Phillipp Lahm and Manuel Neur for the friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday.
“The England match is one of the last chances for us to experiment in terms of tactics and personnel,” Loew said. “Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil belong to the absolute core of the team, and for me it is now more important to hand an opportunity to other players in the key positions, especially against a great team like England.”