Germany captain Michael Ballack has withdrawn from the squad for next month´s Euro 2008 qualifiers against San Marino and Slovakia with an ankle injury.

Ballack hurt his left ankle in Chelsea´s goalless draw with Newcastle on April 22 and underwent surgery five days later in Germany.

He was initially named in the squad by coach Joachim Low, but has lost his battle to recover in time for the matches at the start of June.

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