Nuri Sahin is seeking help from abroad in a bid to stabilise his physical condition that has seen the Real Madrid man pick up three knee injuries inside six months.
The Turkish international missed Borussia Dortmund’s season run-in after suffering a partial ligament tear to his right knee in mid-April, whilst his first training session with Real Madrid’s other players in mid-July saw him ruled
After returning to training and working with his Merengues teammates last week, the €10m signing was expected to take part in the team’s Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu match with Galatasaray, before he suffered further ligament damage to his left knee.
The Madrid side have now turned to world specialists in a bid to further diagnose the midfielder’s problems, but reports indicate it is nothing more than ligament damage that requires recovery. However, as a precaution to what appears to be a ‘limited capacity to withstand pain’ as El Confidencial reports, the club have also been advised to build up the player’s muscles around both knees as a preventative measure.
Before this series of injuries, Sahin had not suffered a serious injury in six years, since tearing an anterior cruciate ligament at the age of 16, the same age he became the youngest ever player to appear in a Bundesliga match when he debuted for Dortmund.
Sahin turns 23 on Monday, has not played a competitive game in 141 days. Club doctors project his full recovery by the end of October, that should then allow for his debut for Jose Mourinho’s team.
His injury struggles since arriving in Spain have prompted Marca to compare him with other Real Madrid players to have notoriously suffered with injury during their time at the Santiago Bernabeu, including Robert Prosinecki, Jonathan Woodgate and Arjen Robben.