Michael Ballack Breaks Nose, Doubtful For Champions League

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Michael Ballack of Leverkusen holds his nose during the Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Badenova Stadium on October 28, 2011 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michael Ballack is doubtful for Bayer Leverkusen's midweek Champions League match against Valencia after breaking his nose against Freiburg.

Michael Ballack is currently being listed as doubtful for Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League match on Tuesday in Valencia. The midfielder broke his nose in Friday's match against Freiburg.

Ballack scored a goal in the 2nd minute, and then was forced to leave in the match in the 65th minute after a collision with Freiburg's Jan Rosenthal. The goal was Ballack's first in the Bundesliga since 2006 when he was playing for Bayern Munich.

The former Germany captain finally appeared to be getting the injuries behind him that have plagued him since his return to the Bundesliga with Leverkusen. He had been in very good form lately and appeared to have won a permanent starting spot in coach Robin Dutt's side.

Ballack joined the club in training on Sunday with a specially-made carbon mask to protect his nose. According to the team's website, the mask was made to meet the midfielders exact needs and will be able to be adjusted if necessary.

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