Kiessling is out for at least 6-8 weeks due to a torn ligament in his left ankle, the same injury that Ballack suffered after Boateng’s foul in the FA-Cup. I would have expected it worse I must say, so it’s kind of good news. Although he should get some minutes again in December, he will probably back at full strength next year. We have seen in the case of Michael Ballack how long it takes after this injury to hit form again.
Helmes seems to be okay, he had only slight muscle aches yesterday. It is not sure whether he will be available on Wednesday.