Sami Khedira has undergone knee surgery in Germany, Real Madrid have confirmed.
The 27-year-old midfielder had been recovery from a hamstring problem that was expected to keep him on the sidelines for up to eight weeks – an injury that lead to a public row with the German Football Association.
But the club also confirmed he had a procedure carried out on his knee in his homeland before coming back to Madrid to work on his fitness. No timescale has been put on his recovery yet.
A statement from the club read: “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. Jesus Olmo. The player will continue to be treated by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services in the next few days.”
The midfielder, who appeared to be on his way out of the club in the summer following the arrival of Toni Kroos, appeared for Los Blancos in the loss at Real Sociedad before linking up with his national side. The German FA accused Real of sending Khedira on international duty after picking up a hamstring tear while Real insist he got injured with the national side.
Khedira missed a large part of last season with a serious knee injury but made a recovery in time to play his part in the Champions League final and help Germany to World Cup victory, although he sat out the final itself through injury.