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Midfielder Sami Khedira is set to provide a major boost to Carlo Ancelotti by returning to first-team action for the match against Athletic Bilbao this weekend. The German international has been unable to feature regularly for Real Madrid in the last 18 months.
This is due to a succession of major and minor injury problems, but he was part of the World Cup 2014 winning squad in Brazil. He recently returned back to the first-team much to delight of Ancelotti, but this return to not last much longer after he suffered a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid.
This was a match to forget for Khedira after Madrid lost the encounter 4-0 to one their rivals. Since then, Madrid have been trying to put together a consistent run of form. This has not happened and the club recently conceded more grounded to Barcelona in the la Liga title race by only drawing 1-1 against Villarreal in the league. A lead that could have been so dominant now stands only at two points after 25 games into the season. Madrid could have certainly done with the presence of a defensive Shield like Khedira, who is now set to return for the upcoming match against Athletic Bilbao. Read the rest of this entry »
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Sami Khedira’s situation at Real Madrid continues to remain unclear as the defender continues to prolong the contract talks. He is now free to talk with clubs from abroad, but he has confirmed that he is happy to stay at the Spanish outfit.
An injury to Luka Modric has kept the Croatian midfielder out of action for the last months. Khedira has been able to get regular first-team action due to this. The 27-year-old is yet to start a Champions League or la Liga match. He has played in less than 100 minutes of action this campaign.
Despite this, the German international continues to be subjected to transfer speculation due to the quality that he provides to a team when fit. Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with him for long periods of time. Read the rest of this entry »
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Sami Khedira made his way out of the hospital yesterday which means there is nothing dangerous about the blow that he had taken on his head playing in the game versus Cornella the other day.
It was a Cup match and was being hosted by Santiago Bernabeu.
Khedira got involved in a collision in the second half of the match. He did not walk off immediately, but, in a couple of minutes’ time, he realized that he was having a bit of a sighting problem and he withdrew himself.
According to the reports, the 27-year old playmaker went to the hospital where he had to stay overnight after being told to do so by the doctors. He was observed by the specialists during the night and then, in the morning, he got discharged.
An official statement released by Real Madrid earlier today confirmed the news.
That statement read, “The results of the tests done on Khedira have been pretty good and he is out of the hospital now.”
However, it has not been specified yet by any of the Madrid officials how many matches Khedira would be missing.
A player generally tends to take a few days to come in normal shape from concussion. It gets better and better with time. Proper resting is necessary and it can be expected that Khedira would be kept out of the scene by the Madrid management in the next couple of games.
As far as that game between Madrid and Cornella is concerned, the Los Blancos, as expected, just smashed the third division side. They secured the win by a margin of five goals.
It was Madrid’s 17th win in a row this season. They have not lost any game after the defeat against Atletico Madrid in September.
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Italy have been boosted by the news that midfielder Andrea Pirlo will continue to play for the national team amid speculation that he was set to retire in order to focus on his club career. The 35-year-old has been the most important player for Italy in the last decade, as he has often been the creator of many things good in a team that has lacked quality up front since the retirement of Alessandro del Piero. Even though Italy were knocked out of the group stages in the World Cup 2014, Pirlo was one of the better players.
After recently bringing in Juventus manager Antonio Conte to replace Cesare Prandelli, Italy appear to have convinced Pirlo to stay on playing at the national team level. Conte has worked closely with Pirlo in the last three years, as the brilliance of the former AC Milan man has largely been responsible for Juventus winning three successive league titles. Pirlo is already one of the legends at the international fold after having made 112 appearances for the national team. He sits fourth in the list of all-time most appearance makers for the four-time World Cup winners. It remains to be seen if new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will be happy with this decision.
“I have been talking with (new Italy coach Antonio) Conte who asked me if I was ready to play again for the Azzurri and I told him that I was. It was a difficult decision to take. I had wanted to stop playing for the national side but he (Conte) took over and he asked me to lend a hand. I am happy to do that and we are hopeful we can achieve great things together,” said Pirlo, whose job now will be to get Italy to the Euro 2016. Conte began his regime with a 2-0 win over Netherlands in a friendly.