Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines and could even miss next summer's World Cup in Brazil after sustaining knee ligament damage.
The 26-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in Friday's night 1-1 draw between Germany and Italy.
It has since been confirmed that his right anterior cruciate ligament was torn, and that he will undergo surgery before beginning a six-month rehabilitation programme.
“Sami will have to be treated surgically,” Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfarth said.
“He will need to be operated on but we are hopeful he could be fit in time for the World Cup.”
Now the defensive midfielder faces a race against to be fit for the World Cup.
Usually injuries like this take at least eight months for the player to recover and often the player will not be fully fit for around a year.
"This is a bitter setback for Sami. But he always thinks positively and that is why I am optimistic he will be ready and fit when the World Cup starts," coach Joachim Löw said.
Khedira will need a bit of luck with his recovery and hopefully he will be fit in time for the World Cup finals and will help Germany in their push for the title next summer.
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