Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack had a tumour removed from near his spinal cord during lockdown – but has been cleared of cancer
- Michael Ballack suffered a health scare during the lockdown period
- A growth was discovered near his spinal cord during an MRI examination
- The 43-year-old is now recovering in Portugal five weeks after the operation
Michael Ballack had a tumour removed from near his spinal cord after suffering a health scare during the lockdown period.
The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder had a growth discovered on his body during an MRI examination by doctors, according to Bild.
But the early detection proved fortunate for the 43-year-old, and the tumour was removed.
Michael Ballack is recovering after having an operation to remove a tumour during lockdown
Laboratory examinations then cleared Ballack of any fears that the growth was cancerous, with results showing it was benign.
he has been recovering in Portugal five weeks on from the operation and taking in the final stages of the Champions League.
It has now been eight years since Ballack hung up his boots after two years back at Bayer Leverkusen.
Ballack earned 98 caps for his country and inspired them to the final of the World Cup in 2002.
The growth was found near the former Chelsea midfielder’s spinal cord, but it was benign
Ballack spent four years at Chelsea from 2006 to 2010 and lifted one Premier League title
He spent four years at Bayern Munich after his first spell at Leverkusen before moving to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in 2006.
He won two FA Cups and a single Premier League title in four years in London, but was part of the Chelsea side that lost the 2008 Champions League final to Manchester United.
It was the second European Cup final Ballack lost, having been part of the Leverkusen side beaten by Real Madrid at Hampden Park in 2002.