Germany upbeat on Ballack fitness

02 July 2006 03:50
Germany's assistant coach Joachim Loew is confident Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose will be fit to play against Italy in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final. Captain Ballack was hampered by severe cramp in the closing stages of the quarter-final victory against Argentina, while striker Klose was unable to complete the match because of a calf problem. Loew said: "They can both play on Tuesday. They are getting daily treatment and the next few days will be a case of recuperation for them. "They both ran an incredible amount in that game. We have been working intensively for six weeks and the match used up a lot of our energy." Should the pair be passed fit, coach Jurgen Klinsmann is likely to name the same team which beat Argentina on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Source: ESA