Munich - Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has had successful surgery on damaged knee ligaments sustained in the 1-1 draw with Italy in Milan on Friday.
The 26-year-old former VfB Stuttgart midfielder, who now plays for Real Madrid CF, tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee and had to be replaced after 67 minutes.
His place in the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup had been in doubt, but the Germany camp have received the first piece of good news after it was revealed that his operation had been successful. "The procedure went well. Now we just have to hope that Sami will be fit again in time for the World Cup," said FC Bayern München head doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, who supervised the operation in Augsburg on Saturday, 16 November.
Joachim Löw, Germany's head coach, had described the injury as "a bitter blow for Sami", but has now adopted an altogether more positive outlook. "I hope there are no complications with his rehabilitation. I'm holding out hope that he can come back in time for [next summer's World Cup finals in] Brazil."
Khedira had suffered the injury in an innocuous challenge with Italy's Andrea Pirlo and was immediately withdrawn, and Germany's record appearance maker Lothar Matthäus admits he doubts whether the 2007 Bundesliga champion will be able to get back to his best before next summer's showpiece event in Brazil. "I think his World Cup chances are over. I know from previous experience. He won't be able to return to his best form in time," said Germany's World Cup winning captain from 1990 to Sky Sports News HD.
Khedira's club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in wishing the 44-time Germany international a speedy recovery and remains faithful that he will be able to take to the field in Brazil. The 28-year-old goalscoring superstar tweeted:
Khedira, I wish you all the best for your recovery. You're a fighter and we wait for your fast return. The World Cup is waiting for you.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 16, 2013