Juventus expect midfielder Sami Khedira to be sidelined for two months after he suffered a thigh injury in a pre-season friendly.
The Germany international, a summer recruit from Real Madrid, was carried off on a stretcher during Juve’s 2-0 friendly defeat against Marseille at the weekend.
“Sami Khedira will be sidelined for approximately two months after medical examinations revealed a second-grade myotendinous tear of the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh,” a statement on Juve’s website read.
“The German midfielder sustained the injury during last Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Olympique Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.”
Khedira was making just his second Juventus appearance in Saturday’s match but will now miss the Bianconeri’s Italian Super Cup showdown against Lazio in Shanghai on Saturday.
The 28-year-old former Stuttgart player is also expected to be unavailable for his new club’s first eight league fixtures, which include mouthwatering encounters against Roma and Napoli.
Khedira out for two months, world glass player imo
— #WelcomeBee (@RossoGuy) August 3, 2015
Khedira missed last summer’s World Cup final after sustaining a calf injury in the warm-up and spent a large chunk of the 2014-15 season on the Bernabeu treatment table before joining Juve on a free transfer.
Juventus kick off their Serie A title defence at home against Udinese on August 23.
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