Sami Khedira has been sidelined for two months with a thigh injury, Juventus have confirmed.
The midfielder has struggled with fitness and form for the last couple of seasons, culminating in him leaving Real Madrid for the Scudetto holders on a free transfer this summer after spending much of 2014-15 on the bench.
Khedira suffered the latest blow on Saturday when he was stretchered off in the first half of Juve’s 2-0 defeat to Marseille, and Massimiliano Allegri had confirmed the he would at least miss the Supercoppa Italiana on August 8.
However, the Champions League runners-up have now confirmed the injury will see Khedira miss a lot more than just the clash between Juventus and Lazio this coming Saturday, ruling him out of the first seven Serie A matches of 2015-16.
“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,” the Bianconeri said in a statement on their website on Monday.
“The German midfielder sustained the injury during Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Olympique Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.”
Reports in Italy have suggested Juventus could try to sign Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano as cover in the defensive midfield department, in addition to their search for a new attacking midfielder.