MICHAEL BALLACK has accused Portsmouth's players of attempting to kick Chelsea off the pitch on Saturday amid fears that he could miss next month's World Cup.
The Germany captain was due to meet up with his national team-mates today, but has been forced to stay in London while he waits for a scan on the ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup final, which Chelsea won courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal.
Ballack's bruised ankle was too swollen to scan successfully yesterday, although Chelsea's medical staff do not think the midfield player has suffered a break. However, ligament damage could rule him out of the tournament and Ballack fears the worst after being out for eight months with an ankle injury in 2006.
"I've had a few injuries and if you can't carry on, that's always a bad sign," Ballack said. "Sometimes it's bruising or sometimes it's a nerve that stops you. I tried to play on but it wasn't possible."
Ballack confirmed that Kevin-Prince Boateng did not apologise after his first-half tackle and hit out at Portsmouth's aggressive tactics.
"As you can see, when they start putting in a few hard tackles and don't get a yellow card, they will carry on," he said. "If it gets to the point when players are getting bad injuries, then it has to be stopped."