The 4-0 loss to Atletico Madrid seems to have opened the floodgates at the Bernebau.
Sami Khedira was removed at halftime of that match, and now will be sidelined for an estimated three weeks as he recovers from yet another injury, his hamstring this time.
The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has played just 301 La Liga minutes this season as he deals with a number of different injuries, including back problems and a concussion. Going further back, an ACL tear kept him out of the early portion of the 2014 calendar year, and he wasn’t himself during the end of Real Madrid’s Champions League winning run.
“After tests carried out by the Real Madrid medical team, an injury in his left hamstring has been diagnosed,” the club said in a release. This means Khedira will likely miss league matches against Deportivo La Coruna, Elche and Villarreal, as well as a trip home to Germany to take on Schalke in the Champions League knockout stages.
During his previous absences, Carlo Ancelotti has played Toni Kroos in a deeper role in the central midfield, while also partnering Kroos with Luka Modric in a more classic 4-4-2. Of the 11 La Liga matches Khedira has not played a part in this year, Real Madrid has won 10 and lost one.
This will only serve to strain his relationship at Real Madrid further, with the midfielder looking set to leave this summer on the expiry of his contract.