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Ballack unavailable for visit of Barcelona

Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 17.36CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be deprived of Michael Ballack for the first leg of their round of 16 tie against FC Barcelona this week due to a calf problem sustained in training on Sunday.
Ballack unavailable for visit of Barcelona
Michael Ballack was involved in every game of the group stage ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 17.36CET

Ballack unavailable for visit of Barcelona

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be deprived of Michael Ballack for the first leg of their round of 16 tie against FC Barcelona this week due to a calf problem sustained in training on Sunday.

Michael Ballack will be forced to watch from the sidelines when Bayer 04 Leverkusen face FC Barcelona on Tuesday because of a calf injury.

Ballack featured in all six of Leverkusen's UEFA Champions League Group E fixtures but will now miss the round of 16 first leg against the reigning champions. The former German international sustained the knock to his calf during training on Sunday, having remained on the bench throughout his side's 1-0 Bundesliga loss at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Barcelona travel to the BayArena having tasted defeat themselves this weekend, losing 3-2 to CA Osasuna. The Camp Nou return will take place on 7 March.

Last updated: 12/02/12 18.17CET

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