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Juventus and Germany star Sami Khedira picked up an injury to his left leg early in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against AS Monaco on Tuesday.
As shared by the club’s official account, he was replaced by Claudio Marchisio early in the first half:
10′ #Juventus make tonight’s first substitution, as @SamiKhedira comes off for @ClaMarchisio8. #JuveASM
5/9/2017, 6:57:21 PM
Khedira has been remarkably healthy all season long, and this injury couldn’t come at a worse time. Juventus are on the verge of winning the Serie A title and in the middle of a deep run in the Champions League.
The midfielder has struggled with persistent injury trouble throughout his career, and after such an impressive season, this knock will come as a major blow.
Marchisio is an experienced replacement who should offer many of the same qualities, but Juventus have little depth behind the former Azzurri midfielder.
Khedira is a top talent, but his inability to stay off the treatment table remains a source of increasing frustration at both club and international level.