Ballack and Klose fit

July 2, 2006

Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose will be available for selection when Germany clash with Italy in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

The influential duo picked up calf problems in the dramatic shoot-out victory over Argentina.

Ballack defied the pain and played through cramps, while Klose left the pitch in the 86th minute shortly after cancelling out Argentina's lead with a well-placed header.

Both will be able to play on Tuesday,' said Germany assistant coach Joachim Low.

'They receive treatment every day but that is nothing unusual considering all the hard work they have done in the past weeks. They will keep undergoing regenerative training.'

The Germany assistant voiced his admiration for Chelsea midfielder Ballack.

'Ballack shook off the pain despite being plagued by cramps,' he stated.

'He still gave it all and helped his team. That was really admirable.'

And he added: 'Klose had cramps after colliding with one of their players and could not go on. But he4ll be fine, just like Ballack.'