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Michael Ballack has told how he feared his career was over as a result of his recent injury nightmare.

The German international picked up an ankle injury in a Premier League game against Newcastle in April and has not played since.

He was subsequently left out of Chelsea's initial UEFA Champions League squad, after undergoing two operations to try and cure the problem and he has now revealed how he feared that he may never play again.


"I had thousands of questions, but I was never given any answers," the midfielder told Die Zeit.

"I'm sure I got on everyone's nerves, but my injury was in my thoughts 24 hours a day.

"Sometimes I thought: You are 31 and have had 14 good years as a professional, maybe it's time to call it a day.

"I thought at first that it was a question of three or four weeks, but then everything started to get complicated.

"First one operation, then another and none of the doctors wanted to tell me when I would be able to play again."



Finally back to full fitness, Ballack is in the Chelsea squad for Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter-final against Liverpool and is looking forward to re-establishing himself both domestically and at international level.

"I have enough time to be in top form for June (for Euro 2008)," he told Sport Bild.

"After this injury problem, I'm particularly motivated for the 2010 World Cup finals. After that I will wait and see if I can play a year or two more."

Source: Sky Sports

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