Sami Khedira will be sidelined for the next six months after his injury in the friendly between Germany and Italy (1-1) on Friday. Khedira’s season with Real Madrid is certainly over, but the German coach Joachim Low remains hopeful he will recover on time for the World Cup.
Khedira’s injury is a big blow for both Germany and his club Real Madrid. The former Stuttgart man has been a key player for Germany since 2010 forming with Bastian Schweinsteiger one of the best double pivots in international football. They both started all seven of Germany’s games at the 2010 World Cup and all five at the Euro 2012. His absence will force Low to change his plans.
Khedira’s absence will affect his club Real Madrid even more than Germany. While he will miss only a few friendlies for Germany if he recovers before the World Cup, he is likely to miss the rest of the season with his club. Since joining Real from Stuttgart in 2010, Khedira has been an important player for the Merengues. His work rate and the physical presence he provides in midfield will be sorely missed in Carlo Ancelotti‘s team. This season, the German midfielder has played 11 of the 13 league games and all four Champions League games.
In the last transfer window, Khedira was linked with a transfer move to Manchester United who saw their 40 Million Euros bid rejected by Real Madrid a few hours before the transfer window shut down. Along with his great work rate and physical presence, Khedira has a good range of passing, impressive stamina and good technique which is probably the most underrated aspect of his game. Khedira is also a very versatile player able to adapt to different positions and systems. Primarily a central midfielder, he has also been used as a holding midfielder by Ancelotti and adapted very well.
Sami Khedira’s injury will affect both Germany and Real Madrid. The former Stuttgart player is a key man for both his national team and club, but it’s surely the Spanish club that will suffer the most from his absence.