Khedira is expected to miss the remainder of the season and, according to Sky Sports, faces a race against time to be fit for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Germany’s friendly with Italy on Friday.
Given that Real are in the hunt for honours on a number of fronts, and considering their financial power, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a replacement could be brought in when the window opens in January.
At the present juncture, however, that does not appear to be on the agenda for Los Blancos.
Ancelotti was pressed on the Khedira situation at the launch of his book, and the quotes were picked up by Marca:
We have two solutions: one is to bring in a player with similar attributes to Khedira, while the other is to change the system.
What's important is for the players to feel comfortable in the system. We have players that haven't played that much but are in good shape, like Casemiro.
I need to ponder the solution. We have no plans to change the squad.
Khedira has started 14 of Real’s 15 Liga and Champions League matches this season, which highlights his importance to the club.
Ancelotti has admitted it is a huge blow to lose the combative midfielder, but is confident his squad can cope.
“Khedira gives balance to the team,” Ancelotti said, per Marca. “I'm sure we'll manage in his absence, though he's a very important player for us. But we'll cope.”