Manchester United’s pursuit of Sami Khedira will now likely end after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on international duty against Italy.
The 26-year-old will now miss the rest of the season and his participation in the World Cup has now been placed in doubt after Germany’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt confirmed that he would have to undergo surgery.
“Sami has to be treated surgically, we hope that he will be healthy again for the start of World Cup,” he said.
Germany coach Joachim Low was effusive in his praise for Khedira and admitted that it was a big blow for Germany ahead of the World Cup.
“This is a bitter blow for Sami and all of us,” he admitted.
“He is a great player on and off the pitch, he is always thinking positively and this will help and I am optimistic that he will be back in time for the kick-off of the World Cup.
“We wish him all the best and keep our fingers crossed that the surgery goes well and he can quickly get into rehab.”
United had a deadline day €40 million bid for Khedira rejected and David Moyes may have gone back in for the German in January but that now won’t happen.
Khedira’s injury will also have a knock-on effect for some other midfielders linked with a move to Old Trafford. Tentative links to Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric are now nigh on impossible given that a departure of either would leave Madrid short in the midfield department.
It could also increase Madrid’s interest in reported target Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan which could scupper any move to Old Trafford the midfield enforcer.