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5.03.2007

Controversy over Ballack's surgery

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In a very controversial moment, the German Football Association have defended team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who decided to perform ankle surgery on captain Michael Ballack. According to them, the player is was in risk of a serious injury without immediate treatment.

“Indeed, our team doctor said that an immediate operation was unavoidable and urgently needed,” DFB spokesman Harald Stenger said on the official website.

As we know, mass media in England have criticised the timing of the operation that has deprived Chelsea of Ballack in the run-in to the end of the season with the club chasing three more titles.

“We must notice that any training or playing could have led to an aggravation and even endangered Ballack’s career,” Stenger assured.

British newspapers suggested that the talented midfielder chose to have the surgery without first consulting Chelsea officials, but Stenger added: “Dr Mueller-Wohlfahrt said he informed both Chelsea doctors in a telephone conversation and explained to them why an immediate operation was required.”

It's important, as we can see, to mention that Ballack injured his ankle against Newcastle United in a Premier League game on April 22. He also missed the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at home to Liverpool, which Chelsea won 1-0, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

The player said he flew to Munich to see Mueller-Wohlfahrt – the Germany National team doctor as well as his doctor at former club Bayern Munich over the last four years – for a second opinion after there was no improvement for four days.

Later, Ballack dismissed the criticism and said suggestions in the media that the DFB doctor wanted to ensure he would be ready for Germany’s European Championship qualifiers in June was absurd.

“It’s really ridiculous to see any connection between this operation and international matches in June,” Ballack assured. “No footballer in the world would risk missing an FA Cup final against Manchester (United), a Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, for a EuroCup qualifying game against San Marino.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's a great player! although perhaps the uk wasn't the right place for him. hopefully he's surviving the horrible weather.

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a picture of michael ballack, drawn in cartoon style.

11:45 PM  

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