Lehmann looking for chance to forget Paris

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Jens Lehmann admitted after his side's 7-0 victory over Luxembourg in a warm-up match at the weekend that he is desperate to get another chance for glory after his dismissal in the Champions' League final against Barcelona in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat.

Lehmann played the first 45 minutes of the friendly, his first international appearance since pipping Oliver Kahn for the No 1 shirt, but conceded he needs more time to get over that night in Paris.

"I need to get it out of my mind," Lehmann said. "Right now I still need to forget about it. But I hope that at some point of my career I will get another chance to play in a final." Lehmann also said he was very pleased that Thierry Henry had decided to stay at Arsenal. "We are all delighted [that he is staying] because he has been the most valuable player for us and it is always good to have probably the best of the world on your team," Lehmann said. "I hope he will do very, very well at the World Cup, but not against us just in case we are playing against each other."

Lehmann's Germany team-mates Michael Ballack and Robert Huth, both of Chelsea, are doubtful for their next warm-up match against fellow finalists Japan in Leverkusen tomorrow. Ballack, the Germany captain, suffered a minor ankle strain last Thursday and had to miss the win over Luxembourg in Freiburg and did not train yesterday.

"It's too early to tell whether he will be able to play against Japan," the assistant coach Joachim Loew said. "We'll decide on Monday at the earliest. He is still feeling some pain." The centre-back Huth also missed the Luxembourg game with an ankle problem, while striker Oliver Neuville has a slight thigh strain. Philipp Lahm, first choice left back, has yet to recover fully from the elbow injury he suffered on 16 May.

Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski scored twice against Luxembourg, while Neuville came off the bench to score two in less than a minute of injury time. Torsten Frings grabbed the other goal.

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