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Michael Ballack Set For Six Weeks On The Sidelines

Ballack Set For Lengthy Spell On The Sidelines.

Veteran midfielder Michael Ballack is set to miss six weeks of action due to a fractured tibia after a knock he took during Bayer Leverkusen’s match against Hannover this weekend.

Michael Ballack had just recently recovered from a lengthy injury that sidelined him during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and would have been hoping on reaching top form once more to force himself back into the national setup. During a press conference before Germany’s first European Championship qualifiers, national team coach Joachim Loew announced that Michael Ballack would retain the captaincy as long as he could get himself fit and in form and force himself back into the side.

Unfortunately for Ballack, this latest injury could mean that he will miss Germany’s next set of European Championship qualifying matches which will take place during the first week of October. Many saw those matches as Ballack’s last chance to force himself back into the squad and make himself a vital part of the national setup once more. The problem for Ballack is that Joachim Loew has named Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger as first choice in the center of midfield, so it’s all up to Ballack to prove his worth.

Ballack’s latest injury means he will almost surely miss out on Germany’s next round of qualifying matches, and his chances of breaking back into Joachim Loew’s squad before the European Championship tournament in 2012 could be shot. At 34 years old, Ballack will find it harder and harder to fight back to full fitness from even niggling, smaller injury problems, and it looks unlikely that he will be able to challenge Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger for a starting place in Joachim Loew’s Germany squad.

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  1. Diriye

    September 13, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Saw the challenge, it seemed deliberate attack. He didn’t seem to be aiming for the ball. I feel sorry for Ballack.

    Quick recovery and best of luck.

  2. David

    September 13, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Looks like Löw may have his decision made for him.

  3. Hendry Wijaya

    September 13, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I hope this also means Lars Bender will earn his chance to play in Bayer midfield alongside Vidal. No intention whatsoever to act “ungrateful” with what Ballack had done with German NT for these past years, but right now he hinder progress of German youngster (Khedira in NT, Bender in Bayer). Not that he is as good as he was either.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 13, 2010 at 12:09 am

      Agreed, looking forward to see Lars get a run in with Leverkusen.

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