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UPDATED: 08:07, June 08, 2006
Ballack not our concern, says Guimaraes
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Costa Rica head coach Alexandre Guimaraes turned a deaf ear on German captain Michael Ballack's injury at the eve of their World Cup opening match against the hosts.

"We are to play against a whole nation, not against one person, " said Guimaraes upon his arrival at Munich railway station on Wednesday.

While the Ballack's calf strain was a heartbreaking news for the hosts, it might be a blessing for underdogs Costa Rica when the Central American side faces hosts in the tournament opener on Friday.

But Guimaraes refused to comment on the situation that the Ballack might miss the opener and believed that it made no difference whether the German sensation was absent or not.

What did delight Guimaraes was the sunshine in Munich on Wednesday, in contrast to chilly rain in the past week.

"It was a welcome for us, and I think that whether would be in favor of us. We came from a warm country."

The latest news from the German officials was that Ballack was given the all-clear to train on Wednesday.

The Chelsea new boy had been struggling to overcome a calf strain in time for the opening game against Costa Rica, but the host nation are now optimistic he will play.

Source: Xinhua

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