Chelsea keep Ballack clear for January sale

The Chelsea future of Michael Ballack has been thrown into doubt after the German wasn't registered for the Champions League this season.

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Although the club insist there is nothing sinister behind the move, it is in stark contrast to the treatment of long-term injury victim Wayne Bridge, who is included in the 25.

Bridge has not played a first-team game this year after undergoing surgery in Colorado in July and a provisional date has still not been set for the left back's return.

Although Chelsea insist that they have no interest in selling £130,000-a-week midfielder Ballack, his exclusion means he will not be cup tied should the club change their mind in January, says the Daily Mail.

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