Sami Khedira Injury Creates Question Marks for Real Madrid and EPL Transfer Talk

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 16, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Sami Khedira of Germany is helped off the pitch with an injury during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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The question mark which now hangs over Sami Khedira's participation in the 2014 World Cup finals is a major blow to Germany's hopes of landing football's biggest prize.

The Real Madrid midfielder is facing an anxious wait on news of the knee injury he suffered during the international friendly with Italy on Friday night.

The 26-year-old has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, reports Sky Sports News, but hopes remain he could be fit in time for the finals in Brazil, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low:

This is a bitter blow for Sami and all of us.

He is a great player on and off the pitch, he is always thinking positively and this will help and I am optimistic that he will be back in time for the kick-off of the World Cup.

We wish him all the best and keep our fingers crossed that the surgery goes well and he can quickly get into rehab.

However, the loss of Khedira is a major blow for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in his quest to break the monopoly of Barcelona in La Liga and in the Champions League.

Khedira lashed out at his treatment by the Spanish media last month in the wake of the departures of Jose Mourinho and Mesut Ozil from the Bernabeu, as Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror noted, but his presence in the Real team remains an important one for Ancelotti.

Khedira has provided a crucial presence in the Real team this season, offering a battling midfielder with an eye on retrieving the ball in front of the defence.

His passing this season has also offered a 91 per cent success rate, according to statistics provided by Squawka.

His role might not have the glamour element of his team-mates, but Khedira represents a backbone for Real in his sweeper role.

That element has not gone unnoticed elsewhere and Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation in recent weeks, with a move to the Premier League particularly gaining attention.

Jack Wilson of the Daily Star reported on Oct. 23 that Khedira wanted a move to Chelsea to link up with former manager Jose Mourinho.

The article also registers interest from Arsenal and Manchester United to underline the respect leading clubs have for Khedira.

The future of Ramires at Stamford Bridge is the key to Khedira's future, according to James Dickenson of the Daily Express, who claims the Chelsea man is wanted by Ancelotti in the January transfer window.

Real currently trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by six points, and Ancelotti will now have to consider his options, but the loss of Khedira will leave a gaping hole at the Bernabeu this season.