Injury-plagued former Germany captain Michael Ballack suffered another blow today as he was sent to hospital for an MRI scan on his knee, his club Bayer Leverkusen said. "The day after the team beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0, Michael Ballack was unable to take part in team training," the club said in a statement on its website.
"The midfielder had to sit out due to knee problems and underwent an MRI scan with team doctor Achim Muenster" at a clinic in Cologne, added the statement. "The results of this scan are not yet available."
The 34-year-old Ballack has battled with his fitness since an ankle injury in May ruled him out of the FIFA World Cup™ only for the ex-Chelsea star to then fracture his leg on only his third game back last September. He returned to Bundesliga action in January but lasted only three games.
Meanwhile, his international career remains in doubt after he was left out of Germany coach Joachim Loew side that drew 1-1 with Italy on Wednesday. Loew hinted last week that Ballack may have won the last of his 98 caps for Germany, saying that Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger were his first-choice midfielders.