Juventus' Sami Khedira to Undergo Surgery on Knee Injury; No Timeline for Return

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2019

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 6: Sami Khedira of Juventus  during the Italian Serie A   match between Internazionale v Juventus at the San Siro on October 6, 2019 in Milan Italy (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will undergo surgery on Wednesday to fix a persistent problem with his left knee.

Per the club's official website, the German midfielder has struggled with the issue for some time, and a surgery to clean out his knee is planned in Augsburg.

Khedira joined the Italian champions from Real Madrid in 2015 and has proved to be a useful player for the Bianconeri in that time.

While he may no longer be a dynamic box-to-box presence in midfield, manager Maurizio Sarri has been able to depend on the German throughout his tenure. Khedira is experienced at the highest level and diligent in his play.

Lokomotiv Moscow's Polish midfielder Maciej Rybus and Juventus' German midfielder Sami Khedira vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D football match between FC Lokomotiv Moscow and Juventus at Moscow's RZD Arena stadium on November 6, 2
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What he may now lack in dynamism he's made up for in astute utilisation of the ball and a growing composure. Khedira may not be a guaranteed starter for the Bianconeri, but his absence robs the manager of a consistent option, especially when it comes to important matches.

Sarri can at least comfort himself with the fact that he has depth in central-midfield positions.

Miralem Pjanic is a gifted playmaker, albeit not stylistically similar to Khedira. The manager has the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur available who can carry out similar jobs to Khedira, meaning Juventus should be capable of getting by without him.

Can got the start in the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo, but he disappointed and was substituted after 54 minutes. Per the Bianconeri report, Rabiot returned to full training on Tuesday, and he'll likely get the nod against Lazio on Saturday.

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