Kirsten Schlewitz told you about this one yesterday: Real Madrid stalwart Sami Khedira, a fixture in midfield this season for Carlo Ancelotti, is potentially out six months after injuring his knee. After 14 all-competition appearances, recording one goal and one assist, the 26-year-old German international may be out until near the end of the season, using only few La Liga matches to regain fitness before World Cup prep begins.
This is obviously a huge setback for Germany and Real Madrid, but Khedira’s club is going to see some of their inconvenience offset. Per FIFA rules, the world soccer governing body compensates clubs for every day a player misses beyond the first 28 with an injured suffered on international duty. That compensation: Covering the player’s salary.
Khedira makes just over $22,000 per day with Real Madrid. If his ACL tear keeps him out for the projected six months, FIFA will owe the Merengues just under $3.7 million, according to today’s reports out of Spain.
Had Cristiano Ronaldo (earning an estimated $28.3 million per year) suffered the same injury, FIFA would be set to cut Real Madrid a check for $11.8 million.
After being injured in Friday’s second half against Italy, Khedira underwent surgery Saturday in Augsburg, a procedure that will see him confined to the city recovering for three weeks. With no reported complications, German doctor Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt said the national team remains “very hopeful that [Khedira will] be able to return in time for the World Cup.”
The earliest Germany would start begin Brazil 2014 is June 13. Later, we’ll circle back to talk about what the injury means for the nationalmannschaft’s preparations as well as Real Madrid’s quest to claim a 10th European title.