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Germany’s Sami Khedira could be ruled out of World Cup

Khedira suffered a torn cruciate ligament during Friday’s 1-1 draw against Italy

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Germany midfielder Sami Khedira may not be able to play for Germany in the upcoming World Cup after he suffered a torn cruciate ligament during Friday’s 1-1 draw against Italy.

Khedira, a Real Madrid midfielder, was ruled out of playing for six months, a team of doctors said on Saturday.

Khedira had to be helped off the pitch while on international duty with Germany after clashing with Italy’s Andrea Pirlo.

“He will need to be operated on but we are hopeful he could be fit in time for the World Cup,” team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt said, according to Reuters news agency.

Germany will play against England at Wembley in a friendly international on Tuesday.

“This is a bitter setback for Sami. But he always thinks positively and that is why I am optimistic he will be ready and fit when the World Cup starts,” coach Joachim Loew said.

(With Reuters)