Germany star Ballack injured, out of Cup

Posted: May 18, 2010

German captain Michael Ballack will miss the World Cup because of torn ligaments in his right ankle, a serious blow to the three-time champions less than a month before the tournament.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder was hurt during his club's 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Portsmouth on Saturday. Ballack's ankle is in a cast, and the German soccer federation said yesterday he won't be able to train for at least 8 weeks. A full recovery is expected.

The injury probably robs Ballack, Germany's three-time player of the year, of his final chance to win the World Cup.

Noteworthy

* Iraqi security forces have detained an al-Qaida militant suspected of planning an attack targeting the World Cup, an official said. Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad security services, said Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani was an officer in the Saudi army. He is suspected of planning a "terrorist act" in South Africa during the World Cup beginning June 11.

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