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.



German woes

German coach Joachim Loew is another coach facing the possiblity of having to pick a team that holds none of his star players.

Loew’s first-choice goalkeeper, Rene Adler, may be out for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen broke his rib in training.  It’s unclear if he’ll be fit and ready for the tournament.

At the same time, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes, 28, feels his World Cup dream is fading. Rolfes had a procedure to remove cartilage from his knee, and has been off the field since January.

“Most likely, the World Cup is out of my reach,” he said.

“I have not given up hope and I am in contact with Joachim Loew but I don’t think I will be there, which is a pity.”

To top off the injuries, 33-year old Chelsea midfielder and German captain, Michael Ballack, has a reccuring problem that has seen his field time cut down considerably.  He has an injury to his Achilles tendon, which he has previously had surgery on.

Loew will announce his team May 6th.


England’s just so lucky

In yet another show of how awesome their luck is, England is now suffering from the possible loss of their starting left-back, Ashley Cole.

Cole, who currently plays for Chelsea, limped off the field in the second half of Wednesday’s game.

It was revealed on Thursday that Cole has suffered a fracture of his left ankle, and will sit out for approximately the next three months.

Although he should, theoretically, be back in mid-May, that maybe too tight for England.  It would give Cole only a month and a half and a handful of games to get back into top game form.

It Cole doesn’t make it back, his under-study, Wayne Bridge may have to take his spot.  This may complicate things even more for England, as having Bridge and John Terry  in the same locker room may prove to be too much.

Terry, who had an affair with Bridge’s girlfriend, has already been stripped of his captaincy, but is still first-choice on the team.

Stephen Warnock of Aston Villa currently pushing hard to be promoted above Bridge, who has been plagued by injures and poor form at Manchester City this season.

Poor, poor England.  I may not be cheering for them, but I do hope their luck gets a little better soon!!