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8.18.2006

Ballack will miss the first match against Manchester City

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According to the latest reports. Michael Ballack is unlikely to make his Premier League debut on Sunday in the match between Chelsea ahd Manchester City as he has failed to recover from a hip injury. Jose Mourinho noticed that on Friday.

In fact, Ballack, who joined the English champions on a free transfer in May, picked up a hip injury during the 2-1 Community Shield defeat by FC Liverpool last week.

"I really think that Michael will not be fit to play," Mourinho announced. "I know his improvement since last Sunday has been very small and has not trained with the team.

"And he trained on his own on Thursday so I really don't believe he can fit unless he improves a lot.

"The objective from the beginning was to play Ballack and (Frank) Lampard together but I must confess that we have not had many chances to work on it."

It's good to mention that Mourinho said his side were not ready for the start of the season as their preparations have been hit by the World Cup.

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