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Euro 2008: Michael Ballack doubtful for final with injury

Euro 2008: Michael Ballack doubtful for final with injury Germany captain Michael Ballack will likely miss the Euro 2008 Final on Sunday, suffering from a calf injury. Ballack missed practice on Friday and Saturday and the German Football Federation said the midfielder is undergoing treatment for his injury. Michael Ballack, who was sidelined during the 2002 World Cup final because of suspension, suffered the calf injury in training on Friday and his replacement will be a game-day decision. "On Friday he had problems with his right calf, the muscle has hardened and he couldn't possibly participate in the training, so we will have to wait and see how things develop. Our medical people are working round the clock, but we have to think seriously about what's going to happen if Michael Ballack cannot play. There are two possibilities, Tim Borowski or Bastian Schweinsteiger, both of them can take his position, but we will decide that on Sunday," Germany coach Joachim Low said on Saturday. At the British online sportsbook Sportingbet Germany holds long odds 2/1 on winning the Euro 2008 Final, while Spain is 5/4 favourite for gold.

 Published on 06/28/2008

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