Midfielder Sami Khedira of Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid will return to the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in his club’s embarrassing 4-0 loss to cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid on February 8. This has certainly been a disappointing campaign personally for the German international as Saturday’s game was just his third start of the season. He was taken off at half time by manager Carlo Ancelotti after sustaining the injury. The member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad has undergone medical scans and the club is uncertain how long he’ll be out of action.
Real Madrid released an official statement via its website after the game which said, “Following the medical tests carried out on Sami Khedira by the Real Madrid doctors in the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital, the player has been diagnosed with an injury to his left biceps femoris injury. His progress will be monitored.”
Khedira hasn’t enjoyed the current season since he’s been hampered by injuries and Ancelotti rarely plays him when he’s fit. The former Stuttgart player’s contract is set to expire at the end of June and it’s believed he could be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu during the summer transfer window. If he isn’t re-signed there’s likely to be numerous teams interested in the 27-year-old. Real Madrid needs as many healthy players in the lineup as possible since their lead has been cut down to just one point.
Their 4-0 loss to Atletico allowed both Atletico and Barcelona to gain three points on them. Barcelona traveled to Athletic Bilbao the next day and came out of the San Mames Stadium with all three points in a 5-2 win. Real could have opened up a seven-point lead over Atletico with a win, but the loss cut their lead to the third-place team to just four points. After 22 games Real leads the league with 54 points, followed by Barcelona at 53 and Atletico at 50.