Bayer Leverkusen news

Sam out of Man United clash

November 23, 2013
By Mark Rodden

Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia revealed that key attacker Sidney Sam is set to miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Sam, 25, had to be replaced just four minutes into Leverkusen’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hyypia’s team picked up their 10th win in 13 league matches thanks to a first-half strike from Stefan Kiessling.

But the victory, which saw Leverkusen go second in the Bundesliga, was overshadowed by Sam hobbling off with a thigh injury.

The German international has scored seven league goals and set up five more this season as part of a potent Leverkusen front three.

“I don’t know how long Sid will be out for yet,” Hyypia said after Saturday’s game in Berlin.

“But when he immediately signals that he needs to go off, then it’s something serious.

“He has been very good for us until now so obviously I hope he’ll be back quickly.”

Hyypia, 40, said that he would immediately be turning his attention to how his team can cope without Sam against Manchester United.

“On the trip back [to Leverkusen] we can already talk a little about what we should do on Wednesday,” the former Liverpool centre back said.

“But what we can take from this game is that we worked very hard and that the attitude was good from the very beginning.”

Leverkusen can leapfrog Manchester United at the top of Champions League Group A if they win at home to David Moyes’ side in midweek.

And Hyypia was happy that Leverkusen looked assured in defence ahead of Wednesday’s game in Germany.

“It was as hard a game as we said it would be beforehand,” the Finn said. “Hertha are a very difficult opponent. We needed to fight hard and work hard and that’s what the team did.

“In the second half Hertha put us under some pressure and we put in a good defensive performance.

“We scored one more goal than Hertha too so we can be happy with this result.”

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