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Michael Ballack ruled out of FIFA World Cup

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German Captain Michael Ballack has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa from June 11th to July 11th owing to an ankle injury sustained during Chelsea's FA Cup Final win over Portsmouth. The German Football Federation announced that the midfielder will be out for two months, conjuring up a huge void in on field matters regarding the German side during the World Cup. Ballack was informed of the severity of his injury after scans revealed a partially torn ligament.

"It's hard to accept, of course I'm disappointed," said the former Bayern Munich star. He would have played in his 3rd successive World Cup had things panned out differently. Head coach Joachim Loew added: "We're going to work to find a good solution."

Michael Ballack averages almost a goal every 2 games from the centre of the park, a mammoth feat at the international level. His dominating influence in the heart of midfield will surely be missed by the European giants. Except Bastien Schweinsteiger, all the other midfielders are making their debut in World Cup and the 3 time World Cup winners will have their work cut out if they want to neutralize the likes of England, Spain and Brazil if they make it to the latter stages of the competition

Kevin-Prince Boateng's mistimed challenge led to Ballack's current condition and it is ironic that his national team Ghana are in the same group as Germany.

Torsten Frings could yet receive a late call up to the side despite falling out of favour under Coach Joachim Loew. Michael Ballack could have received his 100th cap against Serbia had he made it to the FIFA World Cup Finals.