Gundogan hopes to fill Khedira void for Germany

Joachim Low might be without his star man for the World Cup but the BVB midfielder says that he is on target to recover from injury and could replace his international team-mate
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has lamented the injury to Germany international team-mate Sami Khedira but hopes to step up in the 26-year-old's place.

Khedira suffered torn knee ligaments in his national side's 1-1 draw with Italy on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for at least six months, putting his place at World Cup 2014 in serious doubt.

However, Gundogan, who is currently out with a nerve injury and not expected to return until after the Bundesliga's winter break, has his eyes on a complete recovery and the likely vacant spot in Joachim Low's midfield.

"I regret very much the injury to Sami. He is not only a colleague but also a good friend of mine. It's very sad news," the Dortmund star told Bild.

Of his own injury woes, the 23-year-old added: "Slowly but surely it is getting better. I've even been doing sprint training.

"Of course, I hope it goes as quickly as possible but still I am not completely pain-free, so I still need treatment.

"It's quite possible that I can get fully fit after the winter break. Of course I want to get back as quickly as possible in the Dortmund team but Brazil is top priority."