Ballack Injury Blow

Michael Ballack made an impressive start to the season in the opening day game against Portsmouth yesterday – until a knock to his ankle saw him leave the field on 38 minutes. Ballack looked on good form, setting up Joe Cole’s opening goal with a sublime pass and he deservedly left the field to a standing ovation.

Following the game, Luiz Felipe Scolari was left hoping the German midfielder, who missed part of last season with an ankle problem, hasn’t done anything too serious. Scolari told Sky Sports “He played very well, but he had some thing with his ankle and it was impossible to continue.”

Ballack is now a doubt for Germany’s friendly against Belgium in midweek and may struggle to be fit for Chelsea’s game away to Wigan next week, with Scolari stating “Now, we have to send a letter and to discuss Ballack with (Oliver) Bierhoff and Joachim (Low), and the national team from Germany because it’s impossible for the doctor to say that it is a problem or not for the future. We hope that next Wednesday or next Sunday he’s in condition to play, bit I think it’s difficult.”

One things for sure, after his impressive start in the opening game, we’ll all want to see him back sooner rather than later.

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So, Is Drogba Injured Or Not?

Didier Drogba sat out Chelsea’s 4-0 opening day victory over Portsmouth at the Bridge yesterday, whilst his replacement Nicolas Anelka was taking his opportunity to impress the new boss. D

Drogba’s been out of action with a persistent knee injury during Chelsea’s pre-season and according to Scolari, wasn’t expected to return for Chelsea for another couple of weeks. Not letting that bother them though, the Ivory Coast have named our injured striker in their 23-man squad for a friendly against Guinea this week.

The friendly at Chantilly, France on Wednesday is a warm-up in preparation for the Ivorian’s next World Cup qualifier away to Mozambique on September 7th.

But with the Chelsea man unavailable for us until 31st August, you can only wonder what the Ivory Coast are playing at.