Ballack determined to play for Germany despite broken knee cap

German Football
By German Football September 13, 2010 08:13

Ballack determined to play for Germany despite broken knee cap

Germany captain Michael Ballack has said he will fight to win back his place in the national side, despite being left out of the squads for the last two Euro 2012 qualifiers and picking up a new injury on Saturday.

The 33-year-old missed the World Cup with an ankle injury and sat out this month’s Group A wins over Belgium and Azerbaijan as he recovers his fitness.

The midfielder injured his knee in Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw at Hannover on Saturday, and on Sunday it was announced that he had actually fractured his left knee cap.
He limped off the pitch after a heavy tackle and underwent an MRI scan on Sunday morning which revealed the damage.

Before the match he had told German television channel ZDF he would fight to win back his place for October’s qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan.

“I will do what I have always done,” he said and insisted there was no need to “make any drama” out of his new injury.

But he appeared bitter after his 30 minutes on the pitch for his new team. “After what has happened in the last few weeks, nothing can surprise me any more,” he said. “In football sometimes strange things happen quickly.”

National coach Joachim Löw has said he would select Ballack again as captain only when he has proved his fitness and form.

He was less than effusive over the weekend when asked about a Ballack return to the national team. “If I am of the opinion that he will strengthen the team, then of course. But now it is naturally important that he finds his form.”

Ballack said he was pleased by statements by some of the national team members, particularly Bastian Schweinsteiger. “They can obviously remember something of my abilities before my injury. That is good to hear, but also somehow normal,” said Ballack.

“It shows me that we went through thick and thin together, that many players are also sticking by me.”

Despite having 98 caps under his belt, Ballack’s status within the squad has dropped in the wake of Germany’s third place finish in South Africa.

“The last few weeks of course were not easy for me. They have shown me how things are,” said the former Chelsea star, who is back in the Bundesliga after his contract was not extended after four years in London.

German Football
By German Football September 13, 2010 08:13
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4 Comments

  1. Antony September 13, 12:27

    It’s okay Ballack:) I know u can recover verry fast and play for Germany good luck!!!!!!!!!!;):)

  2. faez September 14, 15:48

    just take a rest until u’re recovering from injury..captain Lahm can take a look the team for u..^-^

  3. shiby September 14, 17:47

    ballack..v know hw much u love football..bt nw it’s time fr u take rest nd become perfectly fit fr the game..soo get well soon captain..v want to c u playing fr germany again.. 🙂

  4. bb September 24, 05:17

    please dont give up micha everyhing will come good it just has too i miss you i hope your playing again soon you are still a hero to me after all you’ve done for germany you will always be a hero too me and you will captain us to a sure victory in 2012 you are an inspiration and a wonderful man keep the belief you can do it me and the rest of your fans and germany fans if they have any sense are all behind you whole heartedly although i may be a munich fan micha will always have a large piece of my heart rest now be back soon

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