Ballack fitness concerns for Germany World Cup Fixtures

17th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Chelsea’s Michael Ballack is concerned over his ability to be fit enough to be a key factor in Germany’s World Cup quest. The midfield star picked up an injury to his ankle in a tackle with Portsmouth Kevin Price Boateng in the FA Cup final. Ballack again proved his World Class status as he was asked to fill in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role at the end of Chelsea’s double winning season. The injury to the 33 year old’s ankle is not suspected to be serious enough to keep him out of the World Cup altogether, but Ballack has revealed its fears that he could be left on the sidelines and replaced with younger legs.Teams participating in World Cup 2010 have all named their provisional squads, and players are now hoping to stay fit and free of injury ahead of the tournament.

Ballack has until June 13th, which is the date of first of Germany’s World Cup Fixtures for Group D. Under coach Joachim Low, Ballack leads the German side as captain, and is just two caps short of a century for his nation. The scan results have not shown any signs of breaks, dislocation or fractures, so it is hoped that a little time and rehabilitation will be enough for the captain to lead his side out at the World Cup. Ballack, naturally was named in Germany’s provisional squad, and while his Chelsea future is in doubt with being out of contract, Low knows that the vast amount of experience which Ballack brings to the field, is probably irreplaceable. Germany have drafted in some inexperienced squad players, but seem to have found a good blend of youth and experience, and Ballack would be essential in carrying the process.

Germany have two more international friendly matches to get through, until they hit the World stage in South Africa. They take on Hungary and Bosnia, before leaving Europe to head to the tournament. Betting on Germany at the World Cup has them favourites to win their group, but out in the chasing pack of strong European nations when it comes to actually winning the World Cup. Ballack is unique in the German squad, in the fact that he is the only player in the World cup squad who does not play outside of the German Bundesliga. Champions League finalists, and German Cup and League winners Bayern Munich currently have seven players in the provisional squad, including goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt. The goalkeeping position is being hotly contested, with number one Rene Adler pulling out of the World Cup due to a rib injury.

Hans-Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer, Tim Wiese
Defenders: Per Mertesacker, Heiko Westermann, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Andreas Beck, Arne Friedrich, Serdar Tasci, Marcell Jansen, Holger Badstuber, Dennis Aogo.
Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Sami Khedira, Piotr Trochowski, Marko Marin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Christian Trasch, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos.
Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Kiessling, Cacau, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez

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