Ballack out of World Cup

Germany faces yet another possible setback just weeks before the world cup.

Ballack, the 33-year-old German captain and Chelsea midfielder, suffered injuries to ligaments in his right ankle during last week’s FA Cup Final.

“It’s very disappointing, but I have to accept it,” Ballack told German television, standing with crutches. “It’s football and you have to live with it.… I am angry, clearly.

Ballack has his ankle in a cast and won’t be able to train for at least eight weeks, effectively ruling him out of the cup.

“We are shocked, no question about it, and we are all very, very sad,” Joachim Loew, Germany’s coach,  said at the team’s training camp in Sicily. “He is a very important player for us, a world-class player who played a very important role in decisive games for us.”

This would have been Ballack’s last chance at the cup.  He previously made the 2002 final and the 2006 semi-final.

~Suz

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