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Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Published: Monday 17 May 2010, 12.00CET
Michael Ballack will miss next month's FIFA World Cup after a scan in Munich revealed the Germany captain damaged ankle ligaments during Chelsea FC's FA Cup final win on Saturday.

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Published: Monday 17 May 2010, 12.00CET

Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Michael Ballack will miss next month's FIFA World Cup after a scan in Munich revealed the Germany captain damaged ankle ligaments during Chelsea FC's FA Cup final win on Saturday.

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup after a scan revealed the midfielder damaged ligaments in his right ankle during Chelsea FC's FA Cup final triumph against Portsmouth FC on Saturday.

It hurts to get a diagnosis like that two or three weeks before the World Cup. But that's football, we have to move on
Michael Ballack

Ballack, who has scored 42 goals in 98 appearances for his country, hobbled from Wembley pitch 44 minutes into the 1-0 victory following a challenge by Kevin-Prince Boateng.

"Of course it's a huge disappointment," Ballack said. "It hurts to get a diagnosis like that two or three weeks before the World Cup. But that's football, we have to move on."

Germany coach Joachim Löw added: "I was shocked at first, but now others have to take more responsibility. It is a big loss, Michael is a world class player and our captain."

Ballack's ankle will be placed in a cast, after which he will then need to wear a special shoe for another two weeks. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the German team doctor, expects the 33-year-old's recovery to take at least eight weeks. Germany kick off their Group A campaign against Australia in Durban on 13 June with games against Serbia and Ghana to follow.

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