Sami Khedira Injury: Updates on Real Madrid Star's Knee and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Sami Khedira of Germany celebrates with the World Cup trophy  after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, Dec. 1

Sami Khedira will make his return when Real Madrid face Cornella in the second leg of their Copa del Rey round of 32 tie on Tuesday.

Nicholas Rigg of AS tweeted the latest:

Nicholas Rigg @nicholasrigg

Illarramendi, Khedira also confirmed starters tomorrow night. Wholesale changes it seems #realmadrid

Updates from Friday, Nov. 28

Sami Khedira is a week away from a return to Real Madrid's first team, following his latest knee injury.

Carlo Ancelotti revealed the weekend's clash with Malaga comes too soon, via Madrid's official Twitter:

#CHAMP13NS 🇺🇸🇬🇧 @realmadriden

.@MrAncelotti: "Khedira is not ready to play now. He will probably be next week" #Rmlive

Updates from Friday, Nov. 7

Sami Khedira will play no part in Real Madrid's weekend clash with Rayo Vallecano, as Carlo Ancelotti allows him to continue his return with the Germany national side.

Nicholas Rigg of AS reports:

Nicholas Rigg @nicholasrigg

Khedira won't be available for selection tomorrow. Ancelotti says hasn't decided about 11 - one of James/Isco. Bale will start #realmadrid

Updates from Monday, Nov. 3

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Sami Khedira looks unlikely to play a significant part as Real Madrid host Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Nicholas Rigg of AS reports:

Nicholas Rigg @nicholasrigg

Sami Khedira & Asier Illarramendi did not train with the team at Valdebebas this morning. Makes them doubts for tomorrow's game. #realmadrid

Updates from Friday, Oct. 17

Sami Khedira is ready to feature for Real Madrid in Saturday's clash with Levante.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed, via AS reporter Nicholas Rigg:

Nicholas Rigg @nicholasrigg

Ancelotti says Khedira recovered and is ready to play, although not completely match fit. Imagine he could get minutes tomorrow #realmadrid

Khedira posted a picture of himself training with the Real Madrid first team as he moved closer to a return to action on Friday. 101 Great Goals provided the image, which was posted on Khedira's instagram:

101 Great Goals @102greatgoals

Sami Khedira on Instagram http://t.co/J3C9ZGSJ4X

Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 14

Sami Khedira is on the cusp of a Real Madrid return following the injury that has wrecked his season to date.

Juan I. Garcia-Ochoa of Marca reports:

Sami Khedira is on the verge of a comeback from the muscle tear in his left thigh that he sustained in the first week of September, just before he linked up with the German national team.

Having spent just shy of the expected six weeks on the sidelines, the midfielder is extremely close to returning to action.

Updates from Saturday, Oct. 4

Real Madrid's official Twitter feed has an update on Khedira from manager Carlo Ancelotti:

#CHAMP13NS 🇺🇸🇬🇧 @realmadriden

.@MrAncelotti: "Khedira needs two more weeks to fully recover." #RealMadridAthletic #RMLive

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30

Sami Khedira is hoping to make his Real Madrid return after the looming international break, according to Marca's Jose Felix Diaz.

Khedira is on the comeback from knee surgery, and Diaz reports:

Once back at Valdebebas it was confirmed that his comeback could come a little sooner than initially expected, although that does not mean he will go straight back into Ancelotti's starting XI. If everything goes according to plan, Khedira will be fit and ready to return to the team after the next international break, and that is a first step to cementing a place in the starting line-up.

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Real Madrid announced Sami Khedira underwent successful surgery:

Sami Khedira, who is currently out injured with a left hamstring problem, has undergone an arthroscopic revision on his left knee. 

The procedure went successfully and was conducted by Dr. Ulrich Boenisch at the Hessingpark Clinic in Augsburg with the supervision of Dr. Jesús Olmo.

The player will continue to be treated by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services in the next few days. 


Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

Germany's technical director Oliver Bierhoff has risked sparking a war of words with Real Madrid by claiming their medical team did not detect Sami Khedira's torn thigh muscle.

Madrid believe Khedira was totally healthy when he left for international duty, but Bierhoff insists the midfielder already had the injury by the time he joined the German setup, per AS:

The player already had problem when he travelled to Germany. And what’s more, he had already been examined by doctors in Madrid; they didn’t consider it to be a serious injury. After that, Khedira decided to consult a reliable doctor here – Müller-Wohlfarth who diagnosed a muscle tear.

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Sami Khedira will be out for around six weeks after he damaged a thigh muscle, although a dispute appears to be growing over where he developed the injury.

J. I. Garcia-Ochoa of Marca reports the latest:

Sami Khedira has suffered a torn muscle to his left thigh and will be out of action for around six weeks. He won't be back on the pitch until the middle of October.


According to the German Football Federation, the player was injured when he got to them, while Real Madrid tell it the other way round. They say that Khedira was perfectly fit when at the end of the match against Real Sociedad and that he has picked up the injury since training with the German national side.

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Real Madrid and German national team midfielder Sami Khedira suffered a thigh injury while training ahead of Die Mannschaft's midweek clash with Argentina. His status for the rematch of the World Cup final is now in question.

Rhiannon Jones of Fox Sports reports it's an issue involving his left thigh:

The German national team passed along comments from head coach Joachim Low:

Real Madrid also released a statement on Khedira:

During training with the German national team, player Sami Khedira suffered a muscular injury in the left thigh. The club will monitor his progress.

Although Germany probably won't risk further injury for the high-profile friendly, it's a positive sign he hasn't been ruled out completely. It suggests the injury is relatively minor in nature and not something that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

Assuming Khedira sits out, it could serve as an opportunity for Christoph Kramer to get some action with the first team. The 23-year-old midfielder has only made five appearances with the national team but has shown promise during loan stints with Bochum and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Real Madrid Info states the club is still awaiting further developments after the injury was enough for the star to cut his training session short:

More information should be provided about Khedira's availability after further evaluation. Germany open Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday against Scotland. Real Madrid return to action on Sept. 13 for a rivalry clash with Atletico Madrid.

The Blancos also have Champions League matches on the horizon, so having one of their rocks in the midfield available is obviously key. They will hope the scare is nothing more than that and that he's able to return to the lineup quickly.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


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