Those injury troubles that hampered Sami Khedira during his final 12 months in Madrid? Well, they've made their way to Italy. And maybe at one of the worst possible times for a player in his situation, too.
Juventus have announced that Khedira, who arrived on a free transfer this summer from Real Madrid, will miss the next two months after his hamstring went all twang over the weekend. Khedira lasted all of 25 minutes in Juventus' 2-0 preseason friendly loss to Olympique Marseille on Saturday, going down in a heap of pain after stretching out to try and stop a pass on an opposition's counterattack. He was stretchered off almost immediately after the injury, his hands on his face like he knew the injury was as bad as it looked.
Sami Khedira will be sidelined for approximately two months after medical examinations revealed a second-grade myotendinous tear of the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh.
The German midfielder sustained the injury during last Saturday's pre-season friendly against Olympique Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.
Welp. So much for having everybody available for the start of the season.
Khedira's going to be on the sidelines until the early part of October, probably missing the first six or eight games in the recently-announced Serie A schedule. That's quite the drastic change from the other preseason injury situations that Juventus have seen happen this summer, with both Andrea Barzagli — who is part of the 26-man squad for the Italian Super Cup — and Giorgio Chiellini expected to miss around 20 days each with their respective thigh injuries.
But Khedira's situation is much, much different.
Coming off the injury-riddled season he just had at Madrid, this preseason was massive in the 28-year-old German's preparations to not just shake off the rust, but get going again after missing so much time over the last year. Instead of adapting to Italian football and getting back into shape, Khedira will now watch somebody like Stefano Sturaro or Roberto Pereyra take his spot in the starting lineup for the next couple months at the very least.
That's ... not exactly what we envisioned when we figured out Khedira would be a big part of Max Allegri's plans following the departures of both Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. Oh well.