Germany coach Joachim Low hopes to have Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack playing for his country before he is expected to be fit to play for his club.

Ballack was omitted from the Blues´ squad list for the group stages of the Champions League as the club claim he would not be fit for the majority of the six matches but the move has raised doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge.

But Low told The Guardian: "We hope that he will return to our team for the Euro qualifier against the Republic of Ireland."

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