Big News

It would appear that Ballack's injury might not have been as bad as he made it out to be. Shocking in the run up to mid-week international friendlies, I know.

Fantasy Implications:
WHEW - I was looking at having to retool my entire squad to find a way to afford a decent replacement for Ballack. If you're still not convinced that he's going to be a contributor this week you might want to look at Aaron Lennon (6.03), David Bentley (6.07), or suck it up and go with one of the newbie one-gamers like Gonzalez or Rosicky. Of that group, Lennon seems like the best first week bet given that he has two matches. Long term, Gonzalez seems to be the right choice since Rosicky may be subject to rotation until Reyes is sent packing to Madrid.