May 18, 2010
Germany has been dealt a major blow leading into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with captain Michael Ballack set to miss the tournament due to an injury suffered in Chelsea’s English F.A. Cup final victory on Saturday.
Ballack, the 33-year-old midfielder and inspirational leader of Germany, received torn ligaments in his right ankle following a heavy tackle by Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, who coincidentally may line up for the Ghana team in the same group as Germany in the World Cup.
An MRI scan in Munich on Monday confirmed ligament damage to Ballack’s right ankle.
Germany reached the 2002 World Cup Final under Ballack’s leadership in South Korea and Japan, losing to Brazil, and they finished third in 2006 when hosting the tournament.
Ballack has represented his country on 98 occasions with 42 goals to his name and his midfield presence will be sorely missed by the Germans in South Africa.
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