Chelsea’s Ballack To Miss Euro Final?


How unlucky can a player get? Chelsea midfielder and Germany captain Michael Ballack, having worked so hard to help Germany to the Euro 2008 final could now end up missing out through injury.

Ballack not only scored one of the goals of the tournament against Austria, banging in a free-kick from 30 yards out, but as it turned out, also scored Germany’s decisive goal against Portugal in their 3-2 win. But having missed training for the last two days with a calf injury, the German captain looks a major doubt for this evening’s final.

Ballack missed the 2002 World Cup final through suspension and could only sit and watch as Germany lost 2-0 to Brazil. Our German midfielder then captained the losing side in extra-time against Italy in the World Cup semis against Italy two years ago. It’s not as if he’s had better luck at club level either, with him achieving runner-up status nine times in his career – 3 of which he managed with us last season.

It certainly won’t do Germany any favours losing their inspirational captain for the final and word has it a decision on him playing will be left until the last minute. But as devastating for Ballack as it would be to miss out, with the medical team said to be ‘working with him around the clock’, from Chelsea’s perspective, I hoped an appearance for him isn’t to our cost.