Sidney Sam is the man-of-the-moment at Bayer Leverkusen, starring alongside Stefan Kießling and Heung Min Son in a three-pronged attack that has helped them to second in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday saw them leapfrog Borussia Dortmund and sit just four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. But the victory came at a price, with Sam set to miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Manchester United with a thigh injury.
A win for the German club would see them climb above David Moyes’ side in Group A, and leave United looking anxiously at the result from the match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad.
But that win has become a little less likely with the news that Sami Hyypia is highly unlikely to be able to call on a man who already has seven Bundesliga goals and an additional three in cup competitions.
Speaking after Saturday’s win, Hyypia said, “I don’t know how long Sid will be out for yet. 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.”
How quickly remains to be seen, but it appears Wednesday may come too soon for the German international.
And while that is a huge blow for a player who has excelled this season, it is a welcome boost for a United side desperate to secure Champions League qualification with a game to spare.
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