Khedira’s re­turn boosts World Cup hopes

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Sami Khedira

Ger­man mid­fielder Sami Khedira’s chances of be­ing fit in time for the FIFA World Cup were given a boost as he re­turned to train­ing with his Real Madrid team-mates for the first time in five months on Sun­day. The 27-year-old suf­fered cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment dam­age while play­ing for Ger­many in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Novem­ber and has spent the ma­jor­ity of the time since re­cu­per­at­ing in his home­land.

Khedira has been a key part of the Ger­many side un­der Coach Joachim Low over the past four years and could still force him­self into the squad for the World Cup if he is able to re­turn to match fit­ness be­fore the end of the sea­son. Of more press­ing con­cern for Madrid is their Span­ish Copa del Rey fi­nal clash against Barcelona on Wed­nes­day.

Brazil­ian full-back Marcelo and Span­ish in­ter­na­tional Ser­gio Ramos could be fit de­spite miss­ing Satur­day’s 4-0 win over Alme­ria due to in­jury as they both took part in train­ing. How­ever, FIFA Bal­lon d’Or win­ner Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­mains a se­ri­ous doubt as he missed the ses­sion due to a ham­string in­jury.

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