Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has begun his long way back to recovery from a serious knee injury, according to reports.
The 26-year-old midfield general suffered medial and anterior cruciate damage during his nation’s friendly with Italy in November. Shortly after that 1-1 draw, the seriousness of the injury was announced with Khedira expected to miss the rest of the season for Los Blancos and facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Brazil.
Reports in the Spanish media have claimed Khedira, signed from Stuttgart in 2010, is working with Bayern Munich and German doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who is a highly regarded knee specialist.
Although the road to recovery is a long one for Khedira, he is believed to making good progress in the initial stages. He is still unable to run or train with the ball yet, and is focusing on building up the strength in the knee again.
The injury was a huge blow for Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has had to alter team in Kedira’s absence. The German was in fine form and had built up a formidable partnership in central midfield with Xabi Alonso, providing a base on which the more attacking players in the side could build from.