Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack has had a tough go since receiving that devastating ankle injury at the end of last Premier League season in the FA Cup final. That blow saw the German captain miss the World Cup this summer and was his last moments in the EPL. Ballack was released by Chelsea in the off season and the midfielder decided to return to his homeland and the Bundesliga where the German fan favorite was signed by Bayern Leverkusen, but so far has made little impact for his new side in 2010.
Ballack suffered yet another leg injury on September 11th in one of his first matches back returning from his previous long term injury and the German side is now ruling Ballack out for at least all of the 2010 calender year. Team officials claim that Ballack’s leg has not properly healed the way the club had expected and the setback will likely cost Ballack at least two or three more months of time on the disabled list.
Ballack of course was also involved in a captaincy debate prior to the start of the World Cup when he was replaced by deputy Phillip Lahm due to the former captain being injured at the start of the event. Lahm and the remaining squad played so well this summer that many critics including Lahm expressed that Ballack should no longer receive the honor and it should go to the younger defensive back. Joachim Lowe recently broke the silence and announced that Ballack will retain the title, but only when he is fit enough and has returned to pre-Cup form.
So apparently the armband will remain with Lahm during the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers and Ballack will not get the chance to take it back until at least 2011.