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10.09.2005

Michael Ballack to miss Germany match

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Michael Ballack will miss again a game of German national Team on Wednesday when they play China in a friendly international in Hamburg. Germany's captain missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Turkey in Istanbul after coming down with flu and his recovery has been slower than expected.

Klinsmann stated he would accept criticism after the side's latest away defeat but he believes the experience will be character building for his young squad with next year's World Cup in mind. He has further injury worries after midfielder Bernd Schneider and defenders Marcell Jansen and Lukas Sinkiewicz all missed training in Istanbul on Sunday.

"The criticism that's coming is absolutely in order," the coach said.

"But we've always said that the process of building for the World Cup will bring highs and lows. Young players need the setbacks as well in order to grow."

Striker Miroslav Klose, fit again after his bout of flu, is due to meet up with the squad when they fly back into Hamburg late on Sunday.

As hosts, Germany qualify automatically for the World Cup.

That means they have only a diet of friendlies to prepare for the tournament.

"We've seen that we have a great deal of work still to do," Klinsmann added.

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