Sami Khedira all set to boost Carlo

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.

This match will be shortly followed by a Champions League encounter against Schalke.”Madrid began preparations ahead of this Saturday’s game against Athletic at the San Mames stadium. Khedira joined up with the group for the first session of the week, in which Ancelotti was joined by [Martin] Odegaard, [Aleix] Febas and [Philipp] Lienhart.[Sergio] Ramos and James continue to recover. Pepe, Marcelo, Carvajal and Benzema worked in the indoor facilities,” said a club statement after the Villarreal draw. The Champions League and the la Liga remain the last options for a trophy this season for Madrid, who have already lifted the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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