I will overcome injury: Ballack

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

German captain Michael Ballack has said he will overcome a calf injury and wants to play in Friday's World Cup opening game against Costa Rica.

Munich:

German captain Michael Ballack has said he will overcome a calf injury and wants to play in Friday's World Cup opening game against Costa Rica. "I had intensive treatment. I feel fit, I don't feel any pain anymore. I want to play,'' Ballack said. Coach Juergen Klinsmann indicated on Thursday that Ballack would not play in the opening game after training only 30 minutes in the last four days before the game. Ballack did not take part in Germany's official practice session at the Munich stadium on Thursday evening. Ballack's statement is certain to anger Klinsmann, especially since it was made public by a newspaper which has been critical of Klinsmann's methods. No difference Last week, Ballack said he had differences of opinion with Klinsmann over tactics. Ballack had another scan of his right calf on Thursday afternoon. "I don't have any complaints anymore. I've told this to the coach. Whether I play is now his decision,'' Ballack said. On Thursday, Ballack angrily rejected charges that he did not seek medical attention quickly enough. Ballack missed Germany's last World Cup match four years ago because of suspension, sitting out the 2002 final defeat to Brazil after earning a yellow card in the semifinal. "Ballack will receive treatment 'around the clock' for his right calf injury," Klinsmann said. "The most important thing for us is that he gets healthy again as quickly as possible,'' he said. Blow to Germany Ballack has scored 31 goals in 65 games for Germany and his absence from the opening game is a major blow. The captain was injured in Friday's 3-0 warmup win over Colombia, in which he scored one goal. Ballack, who signed a three-year contract with Chelsea on the day Klinsmann announced his World Cup roster, has had troubled preparations. He had a cold on the island of Sardinia that curtailed some of his training. When the team moved to Geneva, he hurt his left ankle, preventing him from taking part in full training sessions for five days. He did not play in Germany's 7-0 win over Luxembourg, but returned for the 2-2 draw against Japan and the win over Colombia. After the game against Japan last week, Ballack let it be known that he disagreed with Klinsmann on the team's risky, attacking tactics. (AP)

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