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Sami Khedira ‘a big doubt’ for SPAL game after injuring ankle in training

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Usually when it comes to injuries that happen during an international break, they are ones that are suffered by those who are with their respective national teams.

But, this is Sami Khedira we’re talking about here.

Khedira pulled up with an apparent injury during training on Saturday, according to Juventus’ official website later in the day. The injury, reported as a sprained left ankle, is serious enough where Juve’s media team have already deemed Khedira as a “big doubt” for next weekend’s return from the international break against SPAL at Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Sez juventus.com:

The few Bianconeri that remained in Turin over the international break took their last training session for the week at Continassa this morning, with the team focusing on athletic and technical exercises.

During the workout, Sami Khedira reported a sprained left ankle, with the player immediately beginning his recovery and will be monitored daily, the German is now a big doubt to face SPAL.

At the end of the session Massimiliano Allegri granted Sunday and Monday off to his players, and the group will reconvene at the JTC on Tuesday afternoon when the first players on international duty will start to return.

Ah, injuries. You’re always so wonderful.

There have been reports that Miralem Pjanic also picked up a muscle injury while on international duty, which means half of Juventus’ midfield contingent is possibly out for next weekend’s game against SPAL. We also know that Emre Can is still working his way back to full fitness after thyroid surgery and Blaise Matuidi is quite tired, so that pretty much means that Rodrigo Bentancur — who played a full 90 minutes in Uruguay’s loss to Brazil on Friday — is likely the only midfielder at 100 percent full health these days.

But to see that Juventus’ media team have already put it out there that Khedira’s status is a doubt for next weekend must mean this isn’t some kind of minor thing that will be gone in a day or two. And when your midfield has battled injuries all over the place the last month or two, seeing another injury happen is basically the opposite of what you want to see happen.

Alas, injuries are always going to be a constant because this is Juventus and that’s just something we’ve become so accustomed to over the years.