Ballack happy to be back in Chelsea training

Michael Ballack is delighted to be back in training at Chelsea.

The German midfielder underwent an ankle operation at the end of last season and only rejoined his team-mates for training this week.

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He has been buoyed by his return to full training - and the former Bayern Munich star is now looking to take the next step in his rehabilitation.

"Six months is a long time and it was my first injury when I have been out for such a long time," Ballack told Chelsea TV.

"It's a great feeling after so many months being in the gym and training on my own to be training with the team.

"I am happy to be back. I will go step-by-step now and I will see if I will improve."

Chelsea manager Avram Grant is expecting to have Ballack available for selection in around a month's time.

Grant said: "Ballack has trained with us this week in two training sessions.

"His progress is very good and I think he will be available if nothing else happens in four to five weeks. That is not long for a player that didn't train for six months."

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